NTSB Identification: LAX84LA150.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24380.
Accident occurred Friday, January 20, 1984 in MENDOTA, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N2492P
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 ACFT COLLIDED WITH A TRACTOR WHILE THE PLT WAS MAKING A LOW PASS OVER SOME WORKERS IN A TOMATO FIELD. THE PLT SAID HE WAS RETURNING THE RENTED ACFT WHEN HE DECIDED TO MAKE A FINAL CHECK ON THE FIELD WORKERS BEFORE DEPARTING FOR THE DAY. NO EVIDENCE OF ANY MALFUNCTION OF THE ACFT PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT WAS FOUND DURING THE INVESTIGATION NOR COULD THE PLT RECALL ANY.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..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 RECENT EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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

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