NTSB Identification: CHI88LA229.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37835.
Accident occurred Thursday, September 01, 1988 in SCHAUMBURG, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/1989
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AA-5B, registration: N28774
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.

DURING AN ATTEMPTED NIGHT LANDING AT AN AIRPORT WITH INOPERATIVE PILOT-CONTROLLED RUNWAY LIGHTS, THE PILOT MADE A SERIES OF LOW PASSES (APPROXIMATELY 6 PASSES) BEFORE TRYING TO LAND. THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH THE TOP OF A TREE LOCATED SLIGHTLY TO THE LEFT OF THE EXTENDED RUNWAY CENTERLINE. THE AIRCRAFT ENTERED AN UNCONTROLLED DESCENT INTO BRUSHY TERRAIN. THE INOPERATIVE RUNWAY LIGHTS WERE PROPERLY NOTAMED AND THE PILOT HAD RECEIVED A PREFLIGHT BRIEFING.

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY EDGE LIGHTS..NOT OPERATING

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