NTSB Identification: LAX83LA230.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20509.
Accident occurred Saturday, May 14, 1983 in MAXWELL, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N2115R
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 ACFT CONTACTED MUSTARD GRASS ALONGSIDE THE AIRSTRIP AND SWERVED OFF TO THE RIGHT COLLAPSING THE NOSE GEAR. THE WEATHER WAS VMC AND NO FLT PLAN WAS FILED. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE TOUCHED DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE 55 FT WIDE STRIP. IN SPITE OF THIS SOMEHOW HIS RIGHT WING TIP CAUGHT IN THE HIGH MUSTARD WEEDS AND THE ACFT WENT INTO A SIDEWAYS SKID. THENOSE GEAR HIT A SMALL EMBANKMENT AND COLLAPSED. THE PROPELLER WAS BENT AND THE COWLING DAMAGED. THE ACTIVE RUNWAY WAS 36AND THE WIND WAS FROM 320 DEGREES AT 11 KTS.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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

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

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR ASSEMBLY..OVERLOAD


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION

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