Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Natomas Field Airport

Sacramento, California 95834
Saturday, March 18, 2000 15:40 PST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The pilot reported that, as the aircraft was lifting off the runway during takeoff, it settled back to the ground and veered to the left off the runway. The pilot applied wheel braking and the aircraft flipped inverted. The pilot cited poor runway condition and loose gravel as a factor in the accident. The surface wind was from the right, rear of the aircraft at 6 knots. An FAA airworthiness inspector examined the aircraft and reported that he did not observe any mechanical irregularities.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The failure of the pilot to maintain directional control of the aircraft during the takeoff roll. A rough, uneven runway surface was a factor in the accident.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date3/18/2000 
Event Day of the WeekSaturday 
Time of Event1540 
Event Time ZonePacific Standard Time 
Event CitySACRAMENTO  
Event StateCALIFORNIA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site95834  
Event Date Year2000 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude-- 
Event Location Longitude-- 
Event Location AirportNATOMAS FIELD  
Event Location Nearest Airport IDQ96  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation22 
Weather Briefing CompletenessNot pertinent 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1553 Pacific Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)155 
Weather Observation Facility IDSAC  
Elevation of weather observation facility24 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationPST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)13 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)130 
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 InjuryNone 
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)10103 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateMar 21 2000 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time439 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordJul 17 2001 8:35AM 
User who most recently changed recordMONR  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN80205 
NTSB NumberLAX00LA133  
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 NameCessna  
Aircraft Model172M  
Aircraft Series Identifier172M  
Aircraft Serial Number17266444  
Certified Max Gross Weight2300 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
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 InspectionUnknown 
Date of Last Inspection-- 
Airframe hours since last inspection-- 
Airframe Hours-- 
ELT InstalledUnknown 
ELT ActivatedUnknown 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteUnknown 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameSACRAMENTO AERO SERVICES  
Aircraft Owner Street Address3801 AIRPORT RD.  
Aircraft Owner CitySACRAMENTO  
Aircraft Owner StateCA 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode95834  
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 CodeQ96  
Departure City  
Departure State  
Departure Country  
Departure Time1540 
Departure Time ZonePST 
Destination Same as Local Fltdest & departure same, accident can occur anywhere 
Destination Airport Code  
Destination City  
Destination State  
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of FlightTakeoff 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordJun 14 2001 4:03AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location34  
Runway Length2700 
Runway Width30 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--