NTSB Identification: LAX83FU013.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22932.
Accident occurred Friday, August 26, 1983 in ROSEVILLE, CA
Aircraft: MIDWEST MICROLITES - TOMCAT, registration: NONE
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

ACCORDING TO THE PLT, HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO LAND IN A PLOWED FIELD WHICH WAS ADJACENT TO A RICE FIELD. DURING THE LANDING MANEUVER, THE PLT ENTERED A LEFT TURN OVER THE RICE FIELD. AS HE CONTINUED THE TURN OVER THE PLOWED FIELD, A THERMAL WAS ENCOUNTERED & THE VEHICLE ENTERED A 45 DEG RIGHT BANK. HE REPORTED THAT WHEN THE 'THERMAL CEASED', THE AIRSPEED HAD DECREASED TO WHERE HE WAS UNABLE TO CORRECT THE STEEP BANK ANGLE. REPORTEDLY, THE BANK ANGLE REMAINED CONSTANT UNTIL THE VEHICLE COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND. AN EXAM OF THE ENG & VEHICLE REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF ANY PREEXISTING MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE. A GROUND WITNESS REPORTED THAT THE WIND WAS FROM APRX 270 DEG AT 10 KTS. A LEVEE WAS LOCATED NEXT TO THE CRASH SITE.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE

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