LAX95LA223
LAX95LA223

On June 25, 1995, at 1725 hours Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 182P, N9148M, veered off runway 11 and nosed over after encountering a ditch at the Susanville Municipal Airport, Susanville, California. The airplane was being operated by the student pilot/owner as a personal flight. The airplane was substantially damaged. The student pilot was not injured. The local flight originated at 1715 hours from the Susanville airport where the airplane is based. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time.

The pilot stated that he elected not to use the perpendicular taxiway and chose to taxi across the sandy soil to the parallel taxiway. The pilot said he wanted to clear the runway as soon as possible for an arriving twin engine airplane. The pilot also indicated the nose gear entered a small gully and the airplane nosed over.

Responding Susanville police officers reported that the aircraft ran off the runway after landing. The officers documented 225 feet of tire tracks in the median between the runway and taxiway after the aircraft left the runway edge until it encountered a ditch.

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