NTSB Identification: LAX85LA363.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29464.
Accident occurred Thursday, August 22, 1985 in TURLOCK, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N7338F
Injuries: 3 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.

ON AUGUST 22, 1985, A CESSNA 172N, N7338F, COLLIDED WITH A 3FT TALL POLE WHILE TAKING OFF FROM TURLOCK, CA. VMC EXISTED AT THE TIME. THE AC WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED AND THE PLT AND HIS 2 PAX WERE NOT INJURED. THE PLT STATED THAT HE WAS ON THE RWY WHEN IN FACT HE WAS BETWEEN THE TAXIWAY AND THE RY. THE PLT BEGAN THE TAKEOFF, COLLIDED WITH THE POLE AND ABORTED THE TAKEOFF.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT UNDERSTOOD..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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