NTSB Identification: NYC88FA093.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38698.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Friday, February 19, 1988 in STRATFORD, CT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/19/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-200T, registration: N2469M
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.
THE PILOT AND PILOT-RATED PAX RECEIVED VECTORS FOR MULTIPLE ILS APPROACHES IN DETERIORATING CONDITIONS. ON THE FIRST ATTEMPT THE AIRCRAFT PASSED OVER WITNESSES BUT WAS OFF COURSE AND NOT IN A POSITION TO LAND. THE SECOND ATTEMPT WAS ABORTED BEFORE REACHING THE AIRPORT. DURING THE THIRD ATTEMPT RADAR SERVICE WAS TERMINATED AND THE PILOT WAS GIVEN A FREQUENCY CHANGE. THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED INTO WATER ABOUT ONE MILE FROM THE RUNWAY. POST-ACCIDENT EXAM DID NOT DISCLOSE ANY MALFUNCTION WITH THE AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS. BOTH ENGINES WERE TEST-RUN TO FULL POWER. THE INVESTIGATION DISCLOSED THAT NEITHER PILOT WAS FAR PART 135 QUALIFIED FOR THIS FLIGHT. THE AIRCRAFT WAS BEING OPERATED WITH ENGINES OVER TBO, TRANSPONDER TEST DUE, AND THE 100 HR INSPECTION OVERDUE. THE PILOTS DID NOT REPORT ANY DIFFICULTIES WITH THE AIRCRAFT PRIOR TO IMPACT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:PROPER GLIDEPATH..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:DECISION HEIGHT..NOT IDENTIFIED..PILOT IN COMMAND
WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND
WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING
LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT
MISSED APPROACH..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND
INADEQUATE TRANSITION/UPGRADE TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND
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