NTSB Identification: ATL88FA060.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35591.
Accident occurred Saturday, December 12, 1987 in MOULTRIE, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/14/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-260, registration: N3632W
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.

THE PLT WAS ON A PERSONAL VFR FLT WITH HIS WIFE AND SON. DURING THE COURSE OF THE FLT, HE ENTERED DETERIORATING WEATHER CONDITIONS. HE WAS ADVISED THAT THERE WERE SCATTERED RAIN SHOWERS AHEAD. HE CONTINUED ON HIS TRACK AND ADVISED APCH CONTROL THAT HE HAD LOST CONTACT WITH THE GROUND AND THOUGHT HE HAD BETTER TURN BACK UNLESS HE BROKE OUT SHORTLY. APCH CONTROL OBSERVED THE RADAR RETURN BEGIN A RIGHT TURN AND THE PLT'S TRANSMISSION WAS CUT OFF DURING THE TURN. RADAR CONTACT WAS LOST AT 2,500 FEET AND THE ACFT WRECKAGE WAS FOUND SCATTERED OVER ALMOST 1,000 FEET. THE ACFT HAD BROKEN UP IN FLIGHT.

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

DESIGN STRESS LIMITS OF AIRCRAFT..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS

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