NTSB Identification: LAX83LA108.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20496.
Accident occurred Saturday, February 19, 1983 in RUBIDOUX, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172C, registration: N8347X
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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 CRASHED ALONGSIDE THE RUNWAY DURING TAKEOFF IN WINDY CONDITIONS. WITNESSES OBSERVED THE ACFT STAGGER INTO THE AIR AT SLOW AIRSPEED FROM A GRASS RUNWAY INTO A 20-30 KTS SANTA ANA WIND OUT OF THE NORTH. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE ATTEMPTED A SOFT FIELD TAKEOFF WITH 20 DEGREES OF FLAPS. AT 30 OR 40 FT AGL HE FELT THAT HE HAD HIT A WINDSHEAR OR A DOWNDRAFT. HE APPLIED LEFT RUDDER TO AVOID HANGARS ON THE RIGHT. THE ACFT HIT THE LEFT WING TIP AND NOSE AT THE SIDE OF THE RUNWAY.

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..BELOW..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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