NTSB Identification: MIA87FA002.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32683.
Accident occurred Thursday, October 02, 1986 in TALLAHASSEE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-60-600, registration: N217HM
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.
WITNESSES STATED SEEING THE ACFT ENTER A LEFT DOWNWIND APCH TO RWY 16, TURN BASE TO FINAL NORMALLY THEN VEER TO THE LEFT OF THE RUNWAY IN A NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE & DISAPPEAR BEHIND A LINE OF TREES & CRASH APRX 500 FEET EAST OF RWY 16. POST CRASH EXAMINATION OF THE AIRCRAFT REVEALED THE LEFT ENGINE WAS NOT PRODUCING POWER AT THE TIME OF IMPACT. FURTHER EXAMINATION REVEALED THAT THE LEFT ENGINE FUEL SERVO FUEL MIXTURE AND IDLE SPEED SETTINGS WERE MISADJUSTED.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
FUEL SYSTEM,FUEL CONTROL..OTHER
IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND
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