NTSB Identification: MKC87FA094.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35664.
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 29, 1987 in NEELYVILLE, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/24/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N44213
Injuries: 2 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.

WITNESSES STATED THAT THE P.I.C. HAD ABORTED SEVERAL TAKEOFF ATTEMPTS WHILE TRYING TO DEPART TO THE NORTH--THE WINDS WERE ORIGINATING FROM THE SOUTHWEST AT APPROXIMATELY 5 MPH. THE AIRCRAFT EVENTUALLY DEPARTED FROM, AND ALMOST USED THE FULL LENGTH OF, RUNWAY 36. IT THEN BROKE GROUND AND CLIMBED STEEPLY TO AVOID THE TREES--BUT TO NO AVAIL--ACCORDING TO WITNESSES. THE RIGHT WING SHEARED OFF AS THE AIRCRAFT CAREENED THROUGH THE WOODS BEFORE EXPLODING AND BURNING AS IT CAME TO REST. THE PILOT AND HIS PASSENGER WERE FOUND SERIOUSLY INJURED OUTSIDE THE WRECKAGE, BUT THE ALMOST IMMEDIATE EXPLOSION/CONFLAGRATION PRECLUDED THEIR TIMELY RESCUE BY CFR PERSONNEL. SAMPLES OF AUTO GAS WERE FOUND IN THE POWERPLANT; NO RECORD OF AN FAA-APPROVED STC FOR THE USE OF AUTOMOTIVE FUEL COULD BE PRODUCED. ACCORDING TO EVIDENCE GATHERED AT THE SCENE, THE ENGINE WAS PRODUCING POWER AT THE MOMENT OF INITIAL IMPACT.

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

WIND INFORMATION..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WRONG RUNWAY..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

COMPLACENCY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PERFORMANCE DATA..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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