NTSB Identification: ATL87FA104.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34211.
Accident occurred Friday, April 03, 1987 in RHINE, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-201, registration: N47887
Injuries: 1 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.

THE NON-INSTRUMENTED RATED PLT CONTINUED INTO AN AREA OF KNOWN WX CONDITIONS. THE LEFT WING SEPARATED IN FLIGHT. FAILURE OF IT WAS TYPICAL OF OVERLOAD FRACTURES. THE WRECKAGE WAS SCATTERED OVER AN AREA ABOUT 3500 FEET LONG AND 200 FEET WIDE.

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DESIGN STRESS LIMITS OF AIRCRAFT..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS



Contributing Factors

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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