NTSB Identification: LAX83LA404.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22554.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Friday, August 19, 1983 in GOLDFIELD, NV
Aircraft: CESSNA P21O, registration: N4818K
Injuries: 4 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 COLLIDED WITH A CATTLE GUARD DURING AN ATTEMPTED TAKEOFF FROM A ROAD. THE PLT ELECTED THE ROAD RATHER THAN THE AIRSTRIP WHICH WAS MADE OF GRAVEL AND WAS WET AND MUDDY. HE STATED THAT THERE WAS ABOUT 4000 FT OF FLAT STRAIGHT ROAD AVAILABLE AND HE SET HIS ABORT DISTANCE AT ABOUT 3000 FT. THE ACFT TRAVELED 1700 FT BEFORE COLLIDING WITH THE CATTLE GUARD. WHEN THE COLLISION OCCURRED THE RIGHT MAIN GEAR COLLAPSED AND THE NOSE GEAR WAS BROKEN OFF.

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,MAIN GEAR..OVERLOAD

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