NTSB Identification: ATL89LA042.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37851.
Accident occurred Saturday, November 19, 1988 in UNION CITY, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31-350, registration: N27947
Injuries: 5 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.
PIC MADE TWO SDF APPROACHES. ON THE FIRST APPROACH HE HAD DIFFICULTY SEEING THE RWY LIGHTS. THE ACFT WAS ALIGNED LEFT OF RWY AND A MISSED APPROACH WAS MADE. ON THE SECOND APPROACH THE PIC SAID HE HAD DIFFICULTY PICKING UP ANY RWY LIGHTS. HE LANDED WITH THE NOSE GEAR & LEFT MAIN LANDING GEAR OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RWY. THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN WHEN THE PILOT THOUGHT THAT HE WAS STILL 15 FEET ABOVE RWY. RAIN OBSCURED THE WINDSHIELD. NO APPROACH LIGHTS WERE INSTALLED AT THE AIRPORT. THE RWY LIGHTS WOULD TRIP THE CB IF SET ABOVE 10% ILLUMINATION; PIC WAS AWARE OF THIS PROBLEM. THE AIRPORT WAS THE PIC'S HOME BASE AND NEXT NEAREST AIRPORT WAS 30 NM SW.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:PROPER ALIGNMENT..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND
AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY EDGE LIGHTS..LOSS(PARTIAL)
FACILITY,INADEQUATE EXTERNAL LIGHTING..AIRPORT PERSONNEL
WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING
LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT
VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND
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