NTSB Identification: LAX02LA127.
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Accident occurred Friday, April 05, 2002 in Saline Valley, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/05/2004
Aircraft: Cessna 180J, registration: N7821k
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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During landing rollout, the airplane encountered a deep water erosion depression in the runway's surface. Thereafter, the pilot lost directional control, and the airplane veered off the runway, collided with a rock, and nosed over. The gravel runway was not maintained and had an uneven washboard-like surface. During the previous 90 days, the pilot had landed at the airstrip about 6 times and had not experienced any mishap.

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

The pilot's loss of directional control during landing rollout after encountering a water erosion rut in the runway's uneven surface.

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