NTSB Identification: ATL95FA044.
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Accident occurred Thursday, January 12, 1995 in SPRING CITY, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/31/1995
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N75PF
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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.

SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE FLIGHT'S DEPARTURE, THE AIRPLANE HAD NOT ARRIVED AT THE DESTINATION AIRPORT. BASED UPON RADAR DATA, A SEARCH WAS STARTED IN AN AREA ABOUT 80 MILES SOUTH OF WHERE THE AIRPLANE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY FOUND. SEVERAL DAYS LATER THE AIRPLANE WAS LOCATED AT THE 1500 FOOT LEVEL OF A MOUNTAIN RIDGE. THE AIRPLANE WAS LOCATED, AFTER AN EYEWITNESS REPORTED A LOW FLYING AIRPLANE NEAR THE ACCIDENT SITE ON THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT. THE WITNESS ALSO REPORTED LOW CEILINGS IN THE VICINITY OF THE ACCIDENT SITE AT THE APPROXIMATE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRFRAME FAILED TO DISCLOSE A MECHANICAL FAILURE OR SYSTEM MALFUNCTION.

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

THE PILOT'S INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT PLANNING, AND HIS CONTINUED VFR FLIGHT INTO INSTRUMENT WEATHER CONDITIONS WHICH RESULTED IN THE COLLISION WITH THE MOUNTAIN. A FACTOR WAS LOW CEILINGS.

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