NTSB Identification: MKC85LA165.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28320.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 14, 1985 in AMES, IA
Aircraft: de Havilland DH 82A, registration: N657DH
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE OWNER HAD GIVEN THE PLT PERMISSION TO FLY THE ACFT & THE PLT ELECTED TO TAKE A PASSENGER IN THE FRONT SEAT. AFTER THE ACCIDENT, THE PLT STATED THAT HE WAS MAKING A HI SPEED TAXI RUN ON THE GRASS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE RWY. HE REPORTED THAT THE LOWER RIGHT WING IMPACTED A RWY MARKER, THE ACFT VEERED TO THE RIGHT; THEN THE LEFT GEAR FAILED & THE TAIL ROSE HIGH ENOUGH FOR THE PROP TO HIT THE GROUND & BREAK. HOWEVER, THE PASSENGER SAID THAT THE ACFT WAS AIRBORNE WHEN SHE LOOKED IN THE MIRROR & SAW THE PLT GRAB FOR HIS HAT. THE NEXT THING SHE RECALLED WAS THAT THE ACFT HIT SOMETHING, THEN VEERED & CAME NOSE DOWN ON THE GRASS TERRAIN. REPORTEDLY, THE RWY MARKER WAS ONE THAT WAS REMAINING FROM A PERIOD WHEN THE RWY WAS A BROAD GRASS STRIP.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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