NTSB Identification: MKC87FA159.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35887.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 08, 1987 in MAQUOKETA, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-151, registration: N32619
Injuries: 1 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.

AFTER DEPARTING THE MAQUOKETA MUNI ARPT, THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED TO FLY AT LOW ALTITUDE OVER SOME BUILDINGS THAT INCLUDED A HOUSE & TRAILER HOME. AS THE ACFT FLEW OVER THE PROPERTY IN A LEFT BANKING TURN, THE LEFT WING STRUCK THE TOP OF A TREE & THEN THE ACFT CRASHED. FRIENDS OF THE PLT WERE HAVING A PARTY AT THE RESIDENCE. THEY RPRTD THAT AFTER THE PLT MADE A LOW PASS, HE WAS TO LAND & PARTAKE IN THE ACTIVITIES. A EXAM OF THE ACFT REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF A PREIMPACT MECHANICAL PROBLEM.

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

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

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LOW PASS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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