Runway excursion Accident Lockheed 18 Learstar I N163R, Saturday 5 January 1980
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Date:Saturday 5 January 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed 18 Learstar I
Owner/operator:F. Sorensen
Registration: N163R
MSN: 18-2492A
Year of manufacture:1943
Engine model:Wright R-1820
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Palmyra Island, Line Islands -   U.S. Minor Outlying Islands
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL/PHNL)
Destination airport:Palmyra Island Atoll-Cooper Airport (PLPA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Lodestar N163R was carrying seven Amateur Radio operators to the Palmyra Island atoll in the Pacific. While approaching the airstrip the pilot estimated a cross wind gusting to 15 knots. However, below tree level the wind was calm. The Lodestar swerved off the runway and collided with trees.

pilot in command - improper compensation for wind conditions
weather - wind shear

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: LAX80DJA08
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 month
Download report: Final report


NTSB File 3-0344



photo (c) Eric Holck; Palmyra Island, Line Islands; 09 October 2018

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