NTSB Identification: LAX83LA072.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21402.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 15, 1983 in BARSTOW, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N2422A
Injuries: 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 ACFT WAS DAMAGED IN AN OFF ARPT PRECAUTIONARY LANDING AFTER AN ENCOUNTER WITH WEATHER. THE STUDENT PILOT HAD LEFT ONTHE SECOND LEG OF A CROSS-COUNTRY FLT WITHOUT CHECKING THE WEATHER OVER THE REMAINING ROUTE. ENROUTE HE DECIDED THE WEATHER WAS BAD AND DIVERTED TO THE EAST. HE BECAME DISORIENTED AND WENT DOWN TO CIRCLE AT LOW ALT FOR CONFIRMATION OF LOCATION. NEAR BARSTOW CA THE PILOT SAID THE ENGINE STARTED 'SPLURTING' SO HE DECIDED TO LAND. WITNESSES AT THE SITE SAID THE ACFT CIRCLED OVER A RACE TRACK WHERE AN OFF-ROAD VEHICLE COMPETITION WAS IN PROGRESS FOR 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO LANDING. AFTER THE ACCIDENT THE ENGINE WAS TESTED AND RAN NORMALLY.

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

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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