Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Compton Airport

Compton, California 90220
Friday, January 21, 2000 15:05 PST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The purpose of the flight was to relocate the airplane to another airport. During the run-up, no discrepancies were noted with the airframe or engine. The pilot indicated that rotation speed was 80-85 mph, with a stall speed of 68 mph. On the takeoff roll, the airplane became airborne at 70 mph with no manual inputs from the pilot. He attempted to land the airplane to avoid a stall. The left wing contacted the runway and the airplane veered to the left. He reduced power and applied the brakes increasing the direction of travel to the left. The pilot observed a vehicle coming in his direction on the taxiway, as well as a parked vehicle on the taxiway. As he maneuvered to avoid the moving and parked vehicles, the left canard struck and was sheared off by the parked vehicle. The pilot was not able to control the airplane and it slid into a parked car and came to rest near a hangar. A witness stated that there were no discrepancies noted with the sound of the engine during the takeoff roll. He observed the airplane either liftoff, or hop up into the air, and then the left wing struck the runway. The airplane was inspected on scene with no discrepancies noted with airframe or braking system.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
Failure of the pilot to maintain directional control of the airplane during the takeoff roll.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date1/21/2000 
Event Day of the WeekFriday 
Time of Event1505 
Event Time ZonePacific Standard Time 
Event CityCOMPTON  
Event StateCALIFORNIA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site90220  
Event Date Year2000 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude-- 
Event Location Longitude-- 
Event Location AirportCOMPTON  
Event Location Nearest Airport IDCMP  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation97 
Weather Briefing CompletenessNot pertinent 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1453 Pacific Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)280 
Weather Observation Facility IDHHR  
Elevation of weather observation facility66 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)11 
Time Zone of the weather observationPST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height11000 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height2000 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsScattered 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingBroken 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)18 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)10 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)260 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryMinor 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor
Injury Total None-- 
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)958 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateJan 21 2000 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1530 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordJul 2 2001 2:23PM 
User who most recently changed recordMONR  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN813S 
NTSB NumberLAX00LA078  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameMyers  
Aircraft ModelQ-2  
Aircraft Series IdentifierQ-2  
Aircraft Serial Number2097  
Certified Max Gross Weight1200 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?Yes 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionOct 12 1999 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection25 
Airframe Hours300 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedYes 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameRYAN J. DOUGLAS  
Aircraft Owner Street Address  
Aircraft Owner CityMINNEAPOLIS  
Aircraft Owner StateMN 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode55429  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator Name  
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address  
Operator City  
Operator State  
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport CodeCPM  
Departure City  
Departure State  
Departure Country  
Departure Time1500 
Departure Time ZonePDT 
Destination Same as Local Flt-- 
Destination Airport CodeVNY  
Destination CityVAN NUYS  
Destination StateCA 
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of FlightTakeoff 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordJun 2 2001 4:08AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location25L 
Runway Length3670 
Runway Width60 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--