NTSB Identification: NYC88LA149.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38123.
Accident occurred Monday, July 11, 1988 in FRYEBURG, ME
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/26/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N84493
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, THE PILOT HAD BEEN DRINKING AND TWO FRIENDS DROVE HIM TO THE AIRPORT AND WATCHED AS HE DEPARTED. THEY NOTED THAT THE AIRCRAFT WAS CLIMBING STEEPLY AFTER LIFTOFF AND THEN OBSERVED THE AIRCRAFT'S ROTATING BEACON AS THE AIRCRAFT SPIRALED TO THE GROUND. THE TOX REPORT REVEALED ETHYL ALCOHOL LEVELS OF 0.24% AND 0.19% IN THE PILOT'S URINE AND BLOOD, RESPECTIVELY.

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/SPIN..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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