NTSB Identification: NYC87LA201.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36801.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 12, 1987 in HUNTINGDON, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/26/1989
Aircraft: PIPER J3C-65, registration: N33576
Injuries: 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.

THE FLIGHT ENCOUNTERED POOR VISIBILITY WHILE AT CRUISE ALTITUDE. THE PILOT DECIDED NOT TO CONTINUE FLIGHT AND LANDED ON A FOOTBALL FIELD. DURING ROLL OUT, THE RIGHT MAIN GEAR FELL INTO A DRAIN HOLE TO THE SIDE OF THE FIELD CAUSING THE AIRCRAFT TO TURN RIGHT ABOUT 45 DEGREES. THE PLANE CONTINUED TO ROLL AND COLLIDED WITH THE BLEACHERS. THE PILOT HAD RECEIVED A WEATHER BRIEFING DURING WHICH HE WAS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF THUNDERSTORMS. THE PILOT CONTINUED UNTIL A 180 DEGREE TURN WAS NO LONGER POSSIBLE TO REMOVE HIM FROM DETERIORATING WEATHER CONDITIONS. THE PLT DID NOT FILE AN ACC REPORT.

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

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS

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

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER EVALUATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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