NTSB Identification: MKC86FA181.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32562.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 31, 1986 in ELKHART, KS
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N4233J
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 STUDENT PLT INTENDED TO FLY FROM HIS HOME ARPT TO A NEARBY ARPT WHERE HE WAS RECEIVING FLT INSTRUCTION. NO RECORD OF A WX BRIEFING WAS FOUND. LOCAL AUTHORITIES SAID THERE WERE LOW CLOUDS AND FOG IN THE AREA AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. NO ONE SAW THE ACFT TAKEOFF BUT THE PLT WAS SEEN IN LOCAL RESTAURANT A SHORT TIME BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. THE ACFT CRASHED ON THE MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE ABOUT 100 FT FROM TWO RESIDENCES. AN OCCUPANT OF ONE OF THE RESIDENCES SAW THE ACFT CRASH AND SAID IT WAS DESCENDING NEARLY VERTICAL JUST BEFORE IMPACT. HE ALSO SAID THE ENG NOISE INCREASED JUST BEFORE IMPACT.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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

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

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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