NTSB Identification: ATL89FA045.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38074.
Accident occurred Saturday, November 26, 1988 in CONCORD, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N98369
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.
PIC & WIFE FLEW TO LOCAL RESIDENTIAL AREA TO PHOTOGRAPH A HOUSE. THE ACFT WAS FLOWN IN THE VICINITY OF THE ACCIDENT FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES. RADAR DATA DISPLAYED THE ACFT IN A LEVEL LEFT TURN AT 2300 FEET (1700 AGL) FOR ABOUT 50 SECONDS WHEN CONTACT WAS ABRUPTLY LOST. WITNESSES ALSO REPORTED THE AIRPLANE IN A LEFT CIRCLE WHEN THE BANK STEEPENED, THE NOSE DROPPED, AND IT DESCENDED STEEPLY UNTIL IMPACT WITH THE GROUND. EXAMINATION OF THE ACFT REVEALED THE ENGINE WAS OPERATING AT IMPACT & WITNESSES RPTED STRONG ENGINE SOUNDS DURING THE DESCENT. PIC RPTED ON HIS LAST MEDICAL REQUEST THAT HE USED RITALIN OCCASIONALLY FOR DROWSINESS. TOX EXAM SHOWED PRESENCE OF THERAPEUTIC LEVEL OF DRUG IN THE PIC.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND
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