NTSB Identification: LAX82DA123
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, March 21, 1982 in LIVERMORE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/21/1983
Aircraft: Bölkow PHOEBUS C, registration: N5701
Injuries: 1 Minor.

WHILE RETURNING TO THE GLIDERPORT, THE AIRCRAFT HAD INSUFFICIENT ALTITUDE TO GLIDE TO THE RUNWAY. THE PILOT ELECTED TO LAND IN A FIELD ABOUT 1/2 MILE FROM THE GLIDERPORT. JUST BEFORE TOUCHDOWN, HE DIVERTED HIS ATTENTION FROM THE LANDING AND BECAME CONCERNED WITH LOWERING THE GEAR. THE AIRCRAFT BOUNCED OFF SOFT, WET TERRAIN AND WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LEVEL OFF..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WET


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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