NTSB Identification: FTW88FA038.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35962.
Accident occurred Friday, December 18, 1987 in BURNET, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/16/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-200, registration: N33007
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.

THE PILOT ARRIVED IN THE AREA OF HIS PLANNED DESTINATION AND COMPLETED THE OUTBOUND AND INBOUND PROCEDURE TURNS FOR THE NDB RUNWAY 17 APPROACH WITHOUT REPORTED INCIDENT. ALMOST IMMEDIATELY THEREAFTER, THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED A LARGE OAK TREE ABOUT 15 FEET AGL OR 1265 FEET MSL, ON A HILLTOP 12 MILES NORTH OF AND INBOUND TO THE AIRPORT. HIS MDA WAS 1840 MSL OR 590 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND WHERE THE IMPACT OCCURRED. THE REQUIRED CHECKS OF THE ALTIMETER AND STATIC SYSTEM WERE CURRENT, HAVING BEEN CONDUCTED THREE MONTHS BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. WITNESSES NEAR THE ACCD SITE INDICATED THAT THE VISIBILITY AT ABT THE TIME OF THE ACCD WAS NEAR ZERO. INFO FM THE PLTS LOGBOOKS REVEALED THAT HE HAD FLOWN INTO THE ARPT ON A REGULAR BASIS FOR THE LAST 4 TO 5 YRS.

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

IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MINIMUM DESCENT ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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