NTSB Identification: NYC88FA248.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38631.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 30, 1988 in MARGARETVILLE, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-39-30, registration: N2875A
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 ACFT DEPARTED BLOCK ISLAND, RI EN ROUTE TO STEWART INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, NEWBURGH, NEW YORK, THE AIRCRAFT NEVER ARRIVED AND WAS REPORTED MISSING AUGUST 2, 1988. THE AIRCRAFT WAS MISSING UNTIL NOVEMBER 21, 1988 WHEN IT WAS FOUND NEAR MARGARETVILLE, NY BY DEER HUNTERS WHO NOTIFIED THE STATE POLICE OF THE LOCATION. THE AIRCRAFT HAD COLLIDED WITH TREES AND TERRAIN AT THE 3,300 FT LEVEL IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN, WELL OFF DIRECT ROUTE OF FLIGHT.

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

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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