NTSB Identification: MIA87FA150.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33497.
Accident occurred Monday, April 27, 1987 in HOLLANDALE, MS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/31/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-11, registration: N5093H
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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.

WITNESSES STATED THAT THE ACFT CIRCLED A POND & DIVED ONCE, THEN ON A 2ND CIRCLING ATTEMPT, IT MADE A SHORT STEEP TURN & WENT INTO A TWISTING DIVE INTO THE POND. THE PASSENGER STATED THAT THEY WERE FLYING AT APPX 100 TO 150 FT ABOVE SOME FISH PONDS WHEN THE PLANE STALLED & NOSE DIVED INTO THE WATER BELOW. HE ALSO SAID THE 'PILOT TOLD ME WE WERE GOING DOWN, TO HOLD ON. HE WOULD TRY TO HIT WATER INSTEAD OF THE BANK.' THE OWNER/PLT POSSESSED A 3RD CLASS STUDENT PLT/MEDICAL CERTIFICATE, DATED 11/19/81. TOXICOLOGY TESTS SHOWED HE HAD A BLOOD/ALCOHOL LEVEL OF 0.08% & A URINE/ALCOHOLLVL OF 0.138% (138 MG/DL). THE TESTS ALSO SHOWED A SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA METABOLITES (46 NG/ML) IN HIS URINE. ACCORDING TO A LABORATORY RPRT, THE METABOLITE LVL WAS SUGGESTIVE OF MARIJUANA USE, TWO OR MORE DAYS PRIOR TO THE ACDNT.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

BUZZING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/SPIN..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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