NTSB Identification: ATL88FA207.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38382.
Accident occurred Friday, July 01, 1988 in UNIONTOWN, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/04/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32, registration: N8324V
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.

PIC OBTAINED WX BRIEF AT ABOUT 0430 REGARDING AN IFR FLT. FSS SPECIALIST INFORMED PIC THERE WERE THUNDERSTORMS ALONG THE ROUTE OF FLT & TO CALL FOR UPDATE JUST PRIOR TO TAKEOFF. WX BRIEF INDICATED FLT WOULD BE INTO AN UNSTABLE AIR MASS DUE TO A QUASAI STATIONERY COLD FRONT. ABOUT 30 MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF, VFR, PIC CONTACTED ARTCC FOR IFR CLNC STATING THERE WAS WX AHEAD. CONTROLLER SAID TO EXPECT MODERATE RAIN & LIGHT CHOP. PIC DID NOT SEEK WX UPDATE REGARDING PREVIOUSLY REPORTED TSTMS. WX RADAR DEPICTED AREA OF HEAVY PRECIPITATION TWO MINUTES PRIOR TO THE LOSS OF RADAR CONTACT & IN THE SAME GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION. RADAR SHOWED THAT TRACK & ALT OF ACFT WAS CONSISTENT FOR THE 6 MINUTES PRIOR TO LOSS OF CONTACT. ACFT BROKE APART IN FLT DUE TO DOWNWARD BENDING OF LEFT WING AND BOTH STABILATOR HALVES.

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

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

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

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM,LEVEL III

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

DESIGN STRESS LIMITS OF AIRCRAFT..EXCEEDED


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

WEATHER EVALUATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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