NTSB Identification: LAX83LA126.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22354.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 06, 1983 in PRESCOTT, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 120, registration: N1958V
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 PLT REPORTED HE WAS TAXIING IN WINDS THAT WERE MODERATE & GUSTING. WHILE TAXIING, HE MADE S-TURNS & POSITIONED THE CONTROLS TO COMPENSATE FOR THE WIND. AS HE APPROACHED THE RUN-UP AREA, HE REDUCED POWER TO SLOW DOWN. AT ABOUT THAT TIME, THE NOSE SUDDENLY PITCHED DOWN & THE ACFT NOSED OVER. THE PLT STATED THAT HE WAS NOT SURE WHETHER HE OR THE PASSENGER ENGAGED THE BRAKES 'TOO HARD.' THE 1152 MST WINDS AT PRESCOTT, AZ WERE FROM 240 DEG AT 10 GUSTING 20 KTS.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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