NTSB Identification: SEA07CA149.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 10, 2007 in Esparto, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/30/2007
Aircraft: Piper PA-16, registration: N5641H
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot stated that at the south end of his private airstrip was a tomato field with an irrigation ditch that rises about 8 to 10 inches above the flat ground, and that while trying to land to the north in "mildly gusty conditions" (8 to 10 miles per hour variable out of the west-northwest) he clipped a berm. The pilot revealed that the impact "snapped off" the left landing gear as the airplane continued onto the runway and settled on the left wing and firewall. The pilot stated that he should have landed a little longer. No mechanical failures or malfunctions were reported.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's misjudgment of altitude resulting in an undershoot. Factors included the berm and the wind gusts. Full narrative available
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