NTSB Identification: SEA89LA019.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37430.
Accident occurred Thursday, November 17, 1988 in IDAHO FALLS, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/11/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N1963P
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

PLT REPORTEDLY STOLE ACFT AND DEPARTED ABOUT MIDNIGHT IN SNOWSTORM. FOR 3 HOURS HE BUZZED LOCAL RESIDENCES VEHICLES UNTIL FUEL EXHAUSTION. FORCED LNDG MADE IN ROUGH FIELD. INVESTIGATION REVEALED PLT HAD LONG HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND HAD FALSIFIED MEDICAL CERTIFICATE APPLICATION DATA.

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

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


Contributing Factors

STOLEN AIRCRAFT/UNAUTHORIZED USE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OTHER PSYCHOLOGICAL CONDITION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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