NTSB Identification: ATL87FA230.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34879.
Accident occurred Friday, August 14, 1987 in OFFERMAN, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/24/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-200, registration: N55649
Injuries: 3 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.

DURING A LOCAL FLT THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED FLYING AT A LEVEL ATTITUDE APPROX 10 FT ABOVE A CORN FIELD AT HIGH SPEED. THE RIGHT WING OF THE ACFT STRUCK TREE BRANCHES APPROX 60 FT AGL DURING A PULL UP. A 6 FT SECTION OF THE RIGHT WING SEPARATED. THE ACFT CLIMBED, ROLLED TO THE RIGHT AND NOSED INTO THE GROUND. SEVERAL TIMES IN THE PAST THE PILOT/CO-OWNEROF THE ACFT HAD CIRCLED OVERHEAD THE HOUSE OF A FRIEND WHO LIVED APPROX 300 YDS FROM THE ACCIDENT SITE. SHE REPORTED THAT DURING PAST 'FLY-OVERS' THE ACFT HAD BEEN AT A SAFE ALTITUDE. INVESTIGATION REVEALED NO PREIMPACT MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS/FAILURES.

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:

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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