NTSB Identification: NYC89LA207.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42815.
Accident occurred Friday, September 01, 1989 in SANBORNTON, NH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/29/1992
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N9334J
Injuries: 2 Minor,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.

AFTER THE PLT OF PIPER PA-28, N9334J, TOOK OFF AT NGT BEHIND CESSNA, N65595, HE AND THE OTR PLT ENCTRD MARGINAL WX CONDS. A PSGR OF N9334J RPRTD THE 2 ACFT ENCTRD LOW CLDS & TURBC. HE SAID THE 2 ACFT CONVERGED TO W/I 100' OF EACH OTHER & THE PA-28 PLT TOOK ACTION TO MAINT SEPN FM THE CESSNA. THE PA-28 PLT RPRTD THAT AFTER ENCTRG ADVERSE WX, HE ELECTED TO RTRN TO THE ARPT; HOWEVER, HIS ACFT ENCTRD SVR TURBC AND WINDSHEAR THAT RESULTED IN A SUDDEN LOSS OF ALT. HE SAID HE LEVELED THE WINGS & APPLIED FULL PWR, BUT THE PSGR PANICKED & PULLED BACK ON THE YOKE, WHICH AGGRAVATED THE SITUATION. THE PSGR SAID THAT HE GRABBED & PULLED BACK ON THE YOKE, ONLY WHEN A NOSE DOWN COLLISION WITH TERRAIN WAS IMMINENT. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT IMPACTED IN A HAYFIELD & SLID ON ITS BELLY TO A STOP. A WITNESS RPRTD LOW CLDS, FOG AND RAIN. THE WIND WAS RPRTD TO BE GSTG TO 30 KTS.

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS (IMC) BY THE PILOT, AND HIS INADEQUATE REMEDIAL ACTION TO CORRECT THE SITUATION. THE ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS AND DARKNESS WERE RELATED FACTORS.

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