NTSB Identification: LAX82DA141
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 18, 1982 in BAKERSFIELD, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/18/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N73890
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

THE PILOT WAS LANDING ON AN AIRSTRIP WITH A VINEYARD ABOUT 20 FT LEFT OF THE RUNWAY. THERE WAS A LEFT QUARTERING HEADWIND AT 10 KNOTS. THE FIRST LANDING WAS ABORTED AFTER TOUCHDOWN WHEN THE PLANE STARTED TO VEER LEFT AS THE BRAKES WERE APPLIED. THE NEXT LANDING WAS MADE AT A MUCH SLOWER AIRSPEED. AS BRAKING ACTION WAS BEGUN, THE PLANE VEERED LEFT AGAIN AND HEADED TOWARD SOFT TERRAIN ON THE SIDE OF THE RUNWAY. ANOTHER GO-AROUND WAS INITIATED, BUT THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO CLEAR THE GRAPEVINES. THE LANDING GEAR STRUCK THE VINES AND THE PLANE CRASHED IN THE VINEYARD.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND





Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION

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