LAX94LA288
LAX94LA288

On July 17, 1994, at 1620 hours Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 177, N1423C, collided with the runway at Rota International Airport, Rota Island in the northern Mariana Islands. The airplane was being operated as a personal over water flight to the island of Guam. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and the airplane was being operated under visual flight rules.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot took off in the wrong direction, became disoriented, and required help from Guam radar. With the assistance of the Guam radar controller, the pilot returned to Rota. On landing, the aircraft porpoised until the nose gear broke off substantially damaging the aircraft. The certificated private pilot was not injured. The pilot was requested to submit an accident report, but none has been received in this office.

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