Borrego Valley Airport, Borrego Springs, CA

Location: The Borrego Valley Airport is located 3 miles east of Borrego Springs, California.

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Borrego Valley Airport Today:  Obstructions reported; 140' tower north of approach;

Borrego Valley Airport, Borrego Springs California

Airport Services and Amenities:  Restaurant on the field; Crosswinds; Lodging within 6 miles;

Special Events: Anza Borrego State Park;

Airport Area Accident History:
Accident occurred Sunday, April 10, 2005 in Borrego Springs, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 7/7/2005
Aircraft: Maule MA-7-235C, registration: N1033C
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
The pilot lost directional control on the landing rollout, and the airplane collided with terrain as it veered off the runway. The pilot said he was landing to the southwest and he lost directional control. The airplane veered off the runway and sustained damage as the right wing contacted the ground. The pilot stated that the airplane and engine had no mechanical failures or malfunctions during the flight. The nearest official weather reporting station was bearing 360 degrees at 27 nautical miles. At the time of the accident the station was reporting winds from 360 degrees at 14 knots, gusting to 22 knots.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

the pilot's failure to maintain directional control.

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Accident occurred Saturday, May 11, 2002 in Borrego Springs, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 9/30/2003
Aircraft: Ham Pitts S-1C, registration: N1PH
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
The tail wheel equipped airplane veered off runway 7 and nosed over after encountering soft soil while landing. The pilot was interviewed by telephone and reported that the landing was normal. Near the end of the landing roll on runway 7, the aircraft veered left off the runway. He said that he was unable to correct the alignment before the airplane departed the paved runway surface and it nosed over after encountering soft desert-like soil. The pilot stated that there were no mechanical malfunctions of the airplane. The airport manager reported the sky was clear and the winds were calm at the time of the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The failure of the pilot to maintain control of the airplane during landing rollout resulting in a ground loop/swerve and a nose over. The soft terrain was a factor.

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Accident occurred Thursday, May 18, 2000 in BORREGO SPRINGS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 7/17/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 185, registration: N9955X
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
According to the airport manager, the wind was reported to be from the southwest at 8 to 10 knots, with higher gusts. The pilot stated that on the landing rollout he encountered a gusting, quartering tailwind, which lifted the left wing and caused the airplane to veer to the right side of the runway. The airplane then ground looped into the soft sand beside the runway. The pilot said there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airplane.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The pilot's inadequate compensation for the crosswind condition and his subsequent failure to maintain directional control during landing.

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Accident occurred Monday, May 15, 2000 in BORREGO SPRINGS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/9/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N25213
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
The pilot encountered a crosswind during takeoff from an open dirt field. The pilot stated that he failed to correct for the crosswind and allowed the airplane to drift about 100 feet off course until impacting a tree. Prior to the flight, sheriff's officers had noted that the pilot had landed on a public road. The pilot reported to them that he had landed on the road as it was conveniently located near his business. The officers reported that for safety and other reasons, they would not authorize the pilot to depart from the road. In response, the pilot moved the rented airplane into the adjacent open field, which he believed was adequate for his departure.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The pilot's inadequate compensation for a crosswind condition during initial takeoff climb, which resulted a failure to maintain alignment and the airplane drifting into a nearby tree.


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