NTSB Identification: BFO86FA049.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33772.
Accident occurred Sunday, September 28, 1986 in ELKWOOD, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/21/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31-350, registration: N59942
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 ACFT, WHICH WAS STOLEN FROM THE ARPT, COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND IN A STEEP ANGLE APRX ONE MILE SOUTH OF THE ARPT. INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS EXISTED WITH LOCAL VISIBILITY LESS THAN ONE MILE AS REPORTED BY PERSONS NEAR THE ACCIDENT SITE. THE PLT WAS NOT INSTRUMENT OR MULTIENGINE RATED. THE PLT WAS DENIED A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE ABOUT TWO WEEKSPRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT DUE TO UNCONTROLLED HYPERTENSION AND DIABETES.

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

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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