NTSB Identification: LAX83LA189.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21032.
Accident occurred Friday, April 08, 1983 in MARANA, AZ
Aircraft: ROCKWELL A-9B, registration: N7909V
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 WAS ON A FLT FROM QUANAH, TX TO CHANDLER, AZ TO DELIVER THE ACFT FOR A SALE. HE HAD BEEN ON THE FERRY FLT FOR 6 HRS WHEN HE LANDED AT MARANA, AZ. AFTER REFUELING, RAISING THE ENG COWL, INSPECTING THE ENG & WIPING OFF AN ACCUMULATION OF OIL, HE TOOK OFF. DURING THE CLIMB, WITHIN 1 MI OF THE ARPT, THE PLT NOTICED THAT THE COWL WAS LOOSE & WAS FLAPPING. IT WAS TWILIGHT & RWY 30 WAS UNLIGHTED, SO THE PLT COMMENCED A LOW, SLOW TURN TOWARD RWY 3. WHILE MANEUVERING, THE ACFT'S LEFT WING IMPACTED LEVEL TERRAIN ON ARPT PROPERTY & THE AIRPLANE CARTWHEELED. DURING A POST-ACCIDENT INTERVIEW, THE PLT ACKNOWLEDGED THAT PRIOR TO TAKEOFF, HE WAS TIRED & JUST 'GOOFED IT UP.'

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


Contributing Factors

NACELLE/PYLON..LOOSE


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FATIGUE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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