NTSB Identification: SEA87FA100B.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34080.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 24, 1987 in RITZVILLE, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/27/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N44726
Injuries: 3 Fatal,3 Uninjured.

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.

OCCUPANTS OF BOTH ACFT WERE FAMILY MEMBERS TRAVELING IN COMPANY FOR HOLIDAY. TAKEOFF WAS ABOUT ONE MIN APART WITH N44726 IN TRAIL. DUE HIGHER NORM CRZ PERFORMANCE, N44726 OVERTOOK N5711A. PLT OF N44726 REDUCED SPEED AND ESTABLISHED POSITION ABOUT 1/2 MILE TO RIGHT OF N5711A AT SAME ALT. PLT OF N44726 STATED HE NEXT SAW N5711A DIRECTLY IN FRONT AS COLLISION OCCURRED. EVIDENCE SHOWS N44726 SEVERED TAIL CONE FROM N5711A JUST FWD OF EMPENNAGE. N44726 WAS LANDED SAFELY DESPITE SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OPERATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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