NTSB Identification: LAX82FA049B
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 23, 1982 in VICTORVILLE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/23/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-235, registration: N32380
Injuries: 2 Fatal,4 Minor.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT HAD PLANNED TO FLY TO THE BIG BEAR AIRPORT, BUT CHANGED HIS DESTINATION TO APPLE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA. WHILE ON AN EASTERLY HEADING AT ABOUT 6800 FT MSL, A COLLISION OCCURRED WITH ANOTHER AIRCRAFT, A MOONEY M20C, N7860V. THE PIPER PILOT BELIEVED THAT THE MOONEY MAY HAVE BEEN CLIMBING. IMPACT MARKINGS INDICATED THAT THE MOONEY WAS ON A WEST-SOUTHWESTERLY HEADING AND IN ABOUT A 20 DEGREE RIGHT BANK. THE LEFT WING OF THE MOONEY SEPARATED AND THE MOONEY CRASHED IN A STEEP DESCENT. THE LEFT GEAR OF THE PIPER WAS SHEARED OFF AND THERE WAS DAMAGE TO THE LEFT WING, THE PROPELLER, AND THE FUSELAGE. THE PIPER PILOT WAS UNABLE TO USE THE RUDDERS DUE TO INJURIES, BUT HE WAS ABLE TO LAND ON A NEARBY ABANDONED AIRSTRIP.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,MAIN GEAR..SEPARATION

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