NTSB Identification: NYC94FA134.
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Accident occurred Sunday, July 24, 1994 in MINFORD, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/31/1995
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-260, registration: N33468
Injuries: 5 Fatal,1 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT HAD FILED AN INSTRUMENT FLIGHT PLAN, BUT DID NOT CALL FOR HIS CLEARANCE PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. THE AIRPORT HAS NO REMOTE RECEIVERS OR FAA ATC FACILITIES. VISIBILITY WAS LESS THAN 1/4 MILE. WITNESSES HEARD THE AIRPLANE DEPART FROM RUNWAY 18, TURN RIGHT, AND THEN THERE WAS 'A BIG CRACKLING NOISE....' THEY AGREED THAT THE ENGINE WAS NOT MAKING ANY UNUSUAL SOUNDS. THE TERRAIN WEST OF THE AIRPORT RISES 300-400 FT WITHIN 1,500 FT OF THE RUNWAY CENTERLINE. THE PUBLISHED INSTRUMENT DEPARTURE PROCEDURE FOR RUNWAY 18 IS TO CLIMB ON A HEADING OF 170 DEG UNTIL REACHING 1,200 FT MSL, THEN TO PROCEED ON COURSE. THE PILOT HAD COMPLETED HIS INSTRUMENT TRAINING AT THE ACCIDENT AIRPORT, AND HAD RECENTLY COMPLETED A RECURRENT INSTRUMENT TRAINING PROGRAM. ACCORDING TO HIS FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR, THE PILOT WAS INSTRUMENT CURRENT AND FAMILIAR WITH THE DEPARTURE PROCEDURES FOR THE AIRPORT.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE PUBLISHED INSTRUMENT DEPARTURE PROCEDURE. A FACTOR IN THE ACCIDENT WERE THE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

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