NTSB Identification: LAX83FUA02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20260.
Accident occurred Monday, January 03, 1983 in AVALON, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N2239M
Injuries: 2 Fatal,2 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 AIRCRAFT CRASHED DURING AN ATTEMPTED GO-AROUND AT CATALINA ISLAND. THE FRONT SEAT OCCUPANTS WERE FATALLY INJURED ANDTHE TWO REAR SEAT PASSENGERS RECEIVED SERIOUS INJURIES. THE PILOT HAD NOT HAD THE SPECIFIED THREE TAKEOFFS AND LANDINGS WITHIN THE PRECEDING 90 DAYS AS REQUIRED BY FAR 61.75(C). THE PILOT APPLIED POWER FOR GO-AROUND WHEN HE WAS OVER HALF WAY DOWN THE RUNWAY. THE PILOT HAD BEEN ADVISED TO USE RUNWAY 4 BY UNICOM BUT HE USED RUNWAY 22. THE WIND WAS FROM 040 DEGREES AT 11 KTS. THERE WAS NO INDICATION OF AN ENGINE MALFUNCTION DURING THE INVESTIGATION. THE FLAPS WERE FOUND POSITIONED IN THE FULL DOWN POSITION.

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

PLANNED APPROACH..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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

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

WIND INFORMATION..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF RECENT TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WRONG RUNWAY..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

RAISING OF FLAPS..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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