NTSB Identification: LAX84FA390.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26070.
Accident occurred Friday, July 13, 1984 in BRAWLEY, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA T188C, registration: N9951J
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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.

THE ACFT CRASHED SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF FROM A DIRT STRIP. THE PLT SAID THE ACFT WAS 'OVER-GROSS' AND THAT IT WOULD NOT CLIMB. THE PLT HAD USED FULL FLAPS FOR TAKEOFF AND WHEN THE ACFT WOULD NOT CLIMB HE REACHED FOR THE DUMP OR LOAD JETTISON HANDLE AND GRABBED THE FLAP HANDLE INSTEAD. BY THE TIME HE REALIZED HIS ERROR THE ACFT STRUCK THE GROUND AND BECAME ENGULFED IN FLAMES. WHEN INTERVIEWED AFTER THE ACCIDENT THE PLT SAID HIS CHECKOUT PLT TOLD HIM TO USE FULL FLAPS FOR TAKEOFF. THIS WAS DENIED BY THE CHECK PLT. THE ACFT MANUAL RECOMMENDS 10 DEGREES OF FLAPS FOR SHORT FIELD TAKEOFFS ONLY.

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

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

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

LOWERING OF FLAPS..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..UNAVAILABLE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT


Contributing Factors

COMPLACENCY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE,CLIMB CAPABILITY..EXCEEDED


Contributing Factors

RAISING OF FLAPS..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LOAD JETTISON..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PERFORMANCE DATA..NOT UNDERSTOOD..PILOT IN COMMAND

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