NTSB Identification: LAX85LA094.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26854.
Accident occurred Sunday, December 30, 1984 in CALIFORNIA CITY, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28RT-201T, registration: N2826G
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor,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 PLT ELECTED TO LAND IN A CLEAR, FLAT, OPEN, DESERT AREA WHICH WAS USED BY CAMPERS TO RIDE MOTORCYCLES AND OFF-ROAD VEHICLES. ON THE DATE THAT THE PLT LANDED THERE, NUMEROUS CAMPSITES & OFF-ROAD VEHICLES WERE IN THE AREA. NEARLY 2 HRS AFTER THE LANDING, HE INITITATED A TAKEOFF ON A SOUTHERLY HEADING FROM AN OPEN AREA APRX 5000 FT LONG AND 500 FT WIDE. AS THE ACFT WAS ON THE TAKEOFF ROLL, A PERSON ON A MOTORCYCLE CAME ACROSS THE OPEN AREA ON A SOUTHEASTERLY HEADING. REPORTEDLY, THE MOTORCYCLIST WAS LOOKING TO THE SOUTH, AWAY FROM THE APPROACHING ACFT. ALSO, THE PLT & PASSENGER DID NOT SEE THE MOTORCYCLE UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE TO AVOID A COLLISION. THE RIGHT WING OF THE ACFT CONTACTED THE MOTORCYCLIST WHICH RESULTED IN SERIOUS INJURY TO THE CYCLIST.

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..CONGESTED


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..VEHICLE

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