NTSB Identification: LAX84FA367.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25021.
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 26, 1984 in WEAVERVILLE, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N3070G
Injuries: 2 Serious,1 Minor.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHEN THE PLT FILED A VFR FLT PLAN, HE STATED THAT HE WAS AWARE THAT THE ARPT AT WEAVERVILLE, CA, WAS A ONE WAY STRIP & THAT HE HAD A GUIDE BOOK WHICH SHOWED THIS INFO. PUBLISHED PROCEDURES CALLED FOR ACFT TO 'LAND ON RWY 36, TAKE-OFF RWY 18.' A CAUTION NOTE STATED, 'DUE HIGH TERRAIN SURROUNDING FIELD AND STEEP RWY GRADIENT (3.5%), IF GO-AROUND NECESSARY, START EARLY WHILE STILL HIGH. TREES AT N END ARE 175' HIGHER THAN RWY 36 THRESHOLD! NO GO-AROUND AFTER TOUCH DOWN. NO TOUCH-AND-GO.' DURING ARRIVAL, THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED TO DESCEND TO ABOUT 15 TO 20 FT AGL WITH APRX 2500 FT OF RWY REMAINING WHEN THE PLT INITIATED A GO-AROUND.SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES NORTH OF THE ARPT, CRASHED & BURNED. THE PLT SAID THAT ON FINAL APCH, HE ENCOUNTERED TURBULENT AIR & BELIEVED HE WAS HIGH ENOUGH TO GO AROUND; HOWEVER, HE WAS UNABLE TO OUT CLIMB THE RISING TERRAIN. THE DENSITY ALT WAS APRX 4450 FT. WITNESSES REPORTED THE WIND WAS FROM 180 DEG AT 4 KTS.

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

GO-AROUND..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND


Contributing Factors

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRSPEED..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..TREE(S)

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