NTSB Identification: CHI88LA131.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36627.
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 08, 1988 in MARION, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/29/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22-150, registration: N3737P
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 BECAME DISORIENTED DURING FLIGHT AND MADE AN UNSCHEDULED STOP IN A CORN FIELD TO ASK FOR DIRECTIONS TO HIS DESTINATION AIRPORT. DURING TAXI FOR TAKEOFF FROM THE FIELD, THE PILOT FAILED TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE VISUAL LOOKOUT, AND STRUCK A MANHOLE COVER SHEARING THE NOSE GEAR. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE WAS FATIGUED AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT FROM LACK OF SLEEP.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIDDEN OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

FATIGUE(LACK OF SLEEP)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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