NTSB Identification: MKC86FA088.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31002.
Accident occurred Monday, April 14, 1986 in NORFOLK, NE
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31, registration: N6700L
Injuries: 5 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 AIRPLANE DEPARTED ON RUNWAY 31 WITH A LOW CEILING AND VISIBILITY VARIABLE FROM 1/4 MILE TO 1/16 MILE AND WINDS FROM 290 DEGREES AT 38 KNOTS, GUSTING TO 47 KNOTS. A WITNESS STATED THAT THE AIRPLANE WAS AIRBORNE NO MORE THAN TWO MINUTES AFTER THE ENGINES WERE STARTED. THE AIRPLANE WAS HEARD AND OBSERVED 1/4 OF A MILE NORTHEAST OF THE AIRPORT AT LOW ALTITUDE. IT CLIMBED INTO THE CLOUDS AND IMPACTED THE TERRAIN IN AN ALMOST FLAT ATTITUDE, 1/8 OF A MILE BEYOND AND WAS DEMOLISHED BY IMPACT AND POST-IMPACT FIRE.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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