NTSB Identification: LAX83LVW01
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 14, 1982 in DEATH VALLEY, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/14/1983
Aircraft: AMATEUR BUILT QUICKIE Q2, registration: N1234
Injuries: 2 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT REPORTED THAT WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 100 FROM THE TOUCHDOWN POINT, "THE BOTTOM FELL OUT AND WE HIT GROUND." AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE PLANE INITIALLY IMPACTED WITH A 6 FT SAND DUNE ABOUT 60 FT FROM THE APPROACH END OF THE RUNWAY. THERE WAS ANOTHER AIRCRAFT IN THE PATTERN BEHIND N1234. THE PILOT OF THE OTHER PLANE DID NOT SEE THE ACTUAL IMPACT, BUT HE REPORTED THAT N1234 FLEW A LONG DOWNWIND AND A LONG, LOW FINAL APPROACH. HE STATED THAT THE AIR WAS SMOOTH EXCEPT FOR SOME THERMALS ON DOWNWIND. HE SAW THE DUST FROM THE CRASH AND SAID IT ROSE NEARLY STRAIGHT-UP AND DRIFTED GRADUALLY. ALSO, HE NOTICED NO UNUSUAL WEATHER CONDITIONS WHEN HE LANDED.

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

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..LOOSE GRAVEL/SANDY

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