NTSB Identification: LAX84LA051.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21848.
Accident occurred Sunday, November 06, 1983 in NEEDLES, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 188, registration: N9302K
Injuries: 1 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 PLT REPORTED THAT HE TOOK OFF APRX 10 TO 15 MIN AFTER SUNSET ON AN AERIAL APPLICATION FLT. DURING A TURN TO BEGIN A SWATH RUN, HE NOTICED AN UNEXPECTED CHANGE IN DRIFT. AS HE WAS DESCENDING BELOW THE LEVEL OF NEARBY POWER LINES, THERE WAS A LOSS OF INDICATED AIRSPEED & THE ACFT BEGAN TO SETTLE. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE GEAR STRUCK THE LIP OF A RAISED CONCRETE IRRIGATION DITCH & THE ACFT CRASHED. THE PLT REPORTED INDICATIONS OF A TEMPERATURE INVERSION & WIND SHEAR NEAR THE SURFACE. REPORTEDLY, THE ENG WAS OPERATING NORMALLY.

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..WINDSHEAR


Contributing Factors

STALL/MUSH..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH

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