NTSB Identification: LAX83LA070.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 19672.
Accident occurred Monday, January 10, 1983 in PALO ALTO, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 150L, registration: N19304
Injuries: 2 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 PILOT AND HIS PASSENGER RETURNED TO THE AIRPORT AFTER A LOCAL NIGHT FLIGHT. UPON LANDING THE NOSE WHEEL BEGAN TO SHIMMY AND THEN THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY. AFTER LEAVING THE RUNWAY THE NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED. DURING HIS PRE-FLIGHT THE PILOT HAD FAILED TO SEE THAT THE NOSE GEAR SCISSORS HAD BEEN REMOVED. THE OWNER OF THE AIRCRAFT REMOVED THE NOSE GEAR DAMPENER EARLIER ON THE DAY OF THE FLIGHT. THE OWNER DID NOT PLACCARD THE AIRCRAFT FOR THE MISSING PART.

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:

UNSAFE/HAZARDOUS CONDITION..NOT IDENTIFIED..OTHER PERSON

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

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR..OVERLOAD


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR..NOT ENGAGED


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR..SEPARATION

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