NTSB Identification: MKC86FA195.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32563.
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 24, 1986 in HARVARD, NE
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N7744N
Injuries: 2 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 PLT RECEIVED A WX BRIEFING FOR A NIGHT, BUSINESS FLT. AT THE TIME OF THE BRIEFING A REPORTING STATION 22 NM NW OF THE ACDT SITE HAD A BROKEN CEILING AT 2300 FT WITH GOOD VIS. THE ACDT OCCURRED ABOUT 2 HRS AFTER THE BRIEFING LESS THAN 2 MI FROM THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT. AT THAT TIME THE REPORTING STATION HAD A BROKEN CEILING AT 1000 FT. THERE WERE NO WITNESSES TO THE ACDT BUT RESIDENTS OF THE NEARBY TOWN SAID IT WAS A DARK, CLOUDY NIGHT WITH GOOD VIS. THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE ACFT CRASHED IN A STEEP LEFT BANK, NOSE LOW ATTITUDE. EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE DID NOT REVEAL EVIDENCE OF A MECHANICAL FAILURE. THE INVESTIGATION DID REVEAL THAT THE PLT AND PASSENGER HAD WORKED A NORMAL DAY AT THEIR HEARING AID BUSINESS AND ATTENDED A CHURCH MEETING UNTIL ABOUT 2300. THEY ALSO HAD A BUSINESS MEETING SCHEDULED IN OGALLALA THE NEXT MORNING.

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:

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS

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