NTSB Identification: CHI93FA038.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 51136.
Accident occurred Saturday, November 21, 1992 in BROOKFIELD, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N1892J
Injuries: 2 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.
PILOT RETURNING FROM A NIGHT CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT CANCELLED HER IFR FLIGHT PLAN AND PROCEEDED VISUALLY TO HER DESTINATION, AN UNCONTROLLED AIRPORT. THE RUNWAY USED AT THE DESTINATION AIRPORT WAS NARROW, SLOPED UPHILL, HAD A DISPLACED THRESHOLD, LOW INTENSITY RUNWAY LIGHTING, NO VASI, AND WAS SURROUNDED BY DARK FEATURELESS TERRAIN. THE AIRPLANE WAS FOUND THE FOLLOWING DAY IN A SWAMP ONE-QUARTER MILE FROM THE APPROACH END OF THE RUNWAY. THE AIRCRAFT HAD DESCENDED INTO TREES, AND CRASHED IN THE SWAMP.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: SPATIAL DISORIENTATION, AND FAILURE TO MAINTAIN PROPER GLIDEPATH.
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