NTSB Identification: ATL86FKG07.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30472.
Accident occurred Thursday, February 20, 1986 in STATESBORO, GA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N8288W
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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 ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND AFTER ENCOUNTERING A DOWNDRAFT OVER A WOODED AREA AT ABOUT 500 FT AGL. THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE FLEW OUT TO OVERLOOK SOME LAND FROM THE AIR. TO AVOID AIR TRAFFIC IN THE LANDING PATTERN HE DROPPED DOWN TO ABOUT 550 FT AND MADE 2 CIRCLES AROUND THE LAND AFTER WHICH HE WAS TURNING TO ENTER DOWNWIND FOR LANDING WHEN HE OVERFLEW A WOODED AREA. AFTER SOME TURBULENCE THE ACFT STARTED SINKING. THE PLT ADDED POWER AND PULLED BACK ON THE YOKE. THE ACFT STALLED AND COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LOW PASS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT

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