NTSB Identification: ATL86FA092.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30897.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 13, 1986 in TOLEDO, OH
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23, registration: N3124P
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.

N3124P CRASHED WHILE ATTEMPTING AN ILS APPROACH TO RWY 07 AT EXPRESS AIRPORT IN TOLEDO, OH. THE PILOT HAD ATTEMPTED AN APPROACH AT METCALF AIRPORT BUT MISSED THE APPROACH BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER. THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED ABOUT 1 MILE SHORT OF THE AIRPORT IN A WOODED AREA. EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE INDICATED THAT THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH TREES ABOUT 1200 FEET SOUTHWEST OF THE ACCIDENT SITE. THE EXAMINATION ALSO FAILED TO DISCLOSE ANY SYSTEM MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE. THE EXAMINATION OF THE ILS SYSTEM ALSO FAILED TO INDICATE THAT IT HAD MALFUNCTIONED. THE DECISION HEIGHT FOR THIS APPROACH IS 883 FEET MSL. IT WAS NOT DETERMINED WHY THE PILOT DESCENDED BELOW THE DECISION HEIGHT.

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

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

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

IFR PROCEDURE..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DECISION HEIGHT..BELOW..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DESCENT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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