NTSB Identification: NYC86LA105.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33083.
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 15, 1986 in WESTHAMPTON BCH, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-200, registration: N4559X
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE INSTRUMENT INSTRUCTIONAL FLIGHT RETURNED TO THE AIRPORT LATE AT NIGHT AND SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED TWO INSTRUMENT APPROACHES WITH MISSED APPROACHES. THE PILOTS HAD BEEN ADVISED OF A LOW LAYER OF FOG ON THE AIRPORT. ON THE THIRD AND FINAL APPROACH, AFTER GOING VISUAL, THE AIRCRAFT DESCENDED BELOW THE MDA AND STILL HAD THE RUNWAY IN SIGHT. THE PILOT LOST FORWARD VISIBILITY AT APPROXIMATELY 100 FT AGL AFTER ENTERING A LOW LAYER OF FOG AT 150 FT AGL. THE CFI TOOK CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT AND ATTEMPTED A GO-AROUND. DURING THE ATTEMPTED GO-AROUND THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK THE GROUND 60 FT TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY. THE AIRCRAFT RECEIVED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE, AND THE TWO OCCUPANTS WERE UNINJURED.

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

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

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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