NTSB Identification: LAX83LA272.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21872.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 04, 1983 in TEMECULA, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N2334V
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 STUDENT & INSTRUCTOR (CFI) WERE ON A DUAL INSTRUCTIONAL FLT IN PREPARATION FOR THE STUDENT'S 1ST SOLO FLT. AFTER RETURNING FROM FLT IN THE LOCAL AREA, THEY ENTERED THE TRAFFIC PATTERN TO LAND ON RWY 12. DURING A FINAL APCH TO LAND, THE STUDENT FLEW THE ACFT TO CROSS OVER THE THRESHOLD AT ABOUT 3 FT AGL & LAND ABOUT 200 FT DOWN THE RWY. AS THE ACFT WAS CROSSING THE THRESHOLD, THE RIGHT MAIN GEAR STRUCK THE TOP 1 FT OF A MOUND OF DIRT. THE GEAR FAILED. DURING THE LANDING THE ACFT WENT OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE RWY. THE CFI REPORTED THAT DURING DEPARTURE, THEY MADE AN INTERSECTION TAKEOFF, AND THUS, DID NOT OBSERVE THE MOUND OF DIRT ADJACENT TO THE END OF THE RWY. THE CFI ALSO SAID THE MOUND WAS THE SAME COLOR AS THE SURROUNDING TERRAIN & WAS VIRTUALLY INDISTINGUISHABLE. MOUNDS OF DIRT HAD BEEN PLACED AROUND THE APCH END OF RWY 12 IN PREPARATION OF REPAIRS. THE MOUNDS WERE ABOUT 4 FT TALL.

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

OTHER AIRPORT/RUNWAY MAINTENANCE..IMPROPER..AIRPORT PERSONNEL

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..DUAL STUDENT

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,MAIN GEAR..OVERLOAD


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT

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