NTSB Identification: LAX82FVD15
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, April 15, 1982 in CONCORD, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/15/1983
Aircraft: RUTAN VARIEZE, registration: N4SN
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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 STATED THAT DURING LANDING THE AIRCRAFT WAS IN A NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE, THUS OBSTRUCTING HIS VIEW OF THE RUNWAY. BY THE TIME HE GOT THE NOSE DOWN ENOUGH TO SEE OVER IT, THE AIRCRAFT WAS DRIFTING OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY. HE APPLIED LEFT BRAKING ACTION TO STEER THE PLANE BACK TO THE RUNWAY, BUT HE WAS TOO LATE TO AVOID THE RUNWAY LIGHTS. THE FIXED MAIN GEAR AND RETRACTABLE NOSE GEAR WERE DAMAGED.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
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