NTSB Identification: NYC86LA200.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32367.
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 05, 1986 in GROVE CITY, PA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N91356
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 INSTRUCTOR PLT (CFI) RPRTD THAT SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, AFTER CLIMBING OUT OF GND EFFECT, THE ACFT SEEMED TO LVL OFF & STOP CLIMBING. HE TOOK CONTROL FM THE STUDENT & PROCEEDED TO CHECK THE INSTRUMENTS, BUT NO SPECIFIC ABNORMALITY WAS DETERMINED. HE CHECKED THAT THE THROTTLE & MIXTURE WERE FULL FORWARD & APPLIED CARB HEAT TO CHECK FOR CARB ICE. THE STALL WARNING SOUNDED, SO HE MOVED THE CARB HEAT OFF & EXTENDED ONE NOTCH OF FLAPS. THE ACFT BEGAN DSCNDG & SUBSEQUENTLYIT HIT TREES & CRASH LANDED IN A SMALL 'OVERGROWN' FIELD. A POST-ACCIDENT EXAM & ENG RUN REVEALED ONE MAGNETO HAD A DEFECTIVE COIL & WAS INOP. NO OTHER PREIMPACT MECHANICAL PROBLEM WAS FOUND. THE CFI HAD A TOTAL FLT TIME OF 355.4 HRS.

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION


Contributing Factors

IGNITION SYSTEM,MAGNETO..FAILURE,PARTIAL


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OPERATION..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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