NTSB Identification: BFO88LA071.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38784.
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 03, 1988 in HARRISONBURG, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22-150, registration: N1665A
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 PLT ENCOUNTERED CLOUDS DURING A NIGHT VFR FLIGHT. HE DECIDED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LNDG ON WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS A LIGHTED FARM LANDING STRIP. HOWEVER, HE LATER LEARNED THE STRIP WAS ACTUALLY A ROW OF LIGHTED TURKEY BARNS. ACCORDING TO THE PLT, AS HE MADE THE APCH HE SAW A POWER LINE IN HIS PATH SO HE TRIED TO DO A GO-AROUND. HOWEVER, ACCORDING TO THE PLT HE DID NOT COMPENSATE WITH ADEQUATE POWER AND THE ACFT STALLED. THE ACFT DESCENDED AND STRUCK A HILL ABOUT 250 FT SHORT OF THE INITIALLY SELECTED LANDING AREA. THE PLT DID NOT REPORT ANY MALFUNCTIONS OF THE EQUIPMENT.

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

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

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

GO-AROUND..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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