NTSB Identification: NYC88DNA02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42552.
Accident occurred Monday, September 12, 1988 in LAWRENCE, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/10/1991
Aircraft: DILLINGER LONG E-Z, registration: N84WD
Injuries: 1 Serious.

THE PLT DEPD PROVINCETOWN ON A RTRN FLT TO HIS HOME ARPT AT APRX 0230 EDT & ARRIVED AT HIS DESTN ABOUT 1 HR LATER. HE RPRTD HE WAS UNABLE TO ACTIVATE THE PLT-CTLD RWY LIGHTS. HE CHECKED THE LIGHTED WIND SOCK & DECIDED THE NIGHT WAS BRIGHT & CLEAR ENOUGH TO LAND WITHOUT ACTIVATING THE RWY LIGHTS. THE PLT MADE A SMOOTH TOUCHDOWN, BUT SAID HE DIDN'T REALIZE HE HAD LANDED TOO LONG & TOO 'HOT' UNTIL 'IT WAS TOO LATE.' BEFORE HE COULD STOP THE ACFT, IT WENT OF THE DEP END, THEN NOSED OVER AS IT WENT DOWN AN EMBANKMENT. THE PLT CRAWLED FM THE ACFT; HOWEVER, HE & THE ACFT WERE NOT FOUND UNTIL A HELICOPTER PLT SAW THEM THE NEXT MORNING, NEARLY 8 HRS LATER. AN ATC SPECIALIST SAID HE CHANGED THE LIGHTING SYS FROM MANUAL TO AUTO CTL AT 0200 EDT & THAT THE AUTO SYS CHECKED NORMAL. ANOTHER ATC SPECIALIST SAID THE LIGHTS WERE ON AUTO CTL WHEN HE ARRIVED THE NEXT MORNING & THAT THEY OPERD NORMALLY.

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

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

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

AIRSPEED..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER TOUCHDOWN POINT..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

GO-AROUND..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY EDGE LIGHTS..NOT OPERATING


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..BRIGHT NIGHT

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