NTSB Identification: NYC92LA176.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 47046.
Accident occurred Monday, August 24, 1992 in COATESVILLE, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-200T, registration: N37DD
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT REPORTED THAT DURING AN ILS APPROACH HE DID NOT SEE THE RUNWAY AT DECISION HEIGHT AND INITIATED A MISSED APPROACH. AFTER INITIATING THE MISSED APPROACH THE RUNWAY BECAME VISIBLE AND HE REDUCED POWER FOR A LANDING. DURING THE FLARE, THE PILOT LOST SIGHT OF THE RUNWAY BECAUSE OF GROUND FOG. THE AIRPLANE HAD DRIFTED TO THE RIGHT AND TOUCHED DOWN IN THE GRASSY AREA TO THE RIGHT OF THE RUNWAY CENTERLINE. THE AIRPLANE SLID OUT OF CONTROL ON THE WET GRASS. THE MAIN LANDING GEAR COLLAPSED AS THE AIRPLANE SLID ON THE GRASS, AND THE NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED WHEN THE AIRPLANE SLID BACK ONTO THE RUNWAY.

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

THE PILOT'S DECISION TO CONTINUE THE APPROACH AND EVENTUAL TOUCHING DOWN OFF THE RUNWAY WHICH RESULTED IN A LOSS OF CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE AND COLLAPSING THE LANDING GEAR. A FACTOR IN THIS ACCIDENT WAS THE PILOT'S LOSS OF VISUAL PERCEPTION AND FOG.

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