NTSB Identification: LAX85LA390.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30131.
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 10, 1985 in COALINGA, CA
Aircraft: Rockwell S-2R, registration: N4853X
Injuries: 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 PILOT STATED THAT HE TURNED ONTO THE FINAL APPROACH FOR LANDING ON RWY 36 AS THE SUN SET ON HIS UNLIGHTED AG STRIP. HE SAID THAT HE LOST SIGHT OF THE STRIP DURING THE LANDING FLARE, AND DRIFTD OF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY INTO HIGH VEGETATION. THE DRAG OF THE VEGETATION NOSED THE ACFT OVER ON ITS BACK.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


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