NTSB Identification: SEA87LA040.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32733.
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 30, 1986 in GATES, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-300, registration: N4116R
Injuries: 4 Minor.

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 PLT WAS ATTEMPTING TO LAND THE AIRCRAFT AT NIGHT ON AN UNLIT GRASS AIRSTRIP. PRIOR TO REACHING THE AIRSTRIP THE PLT COLLIDED WITH AN APPLE TREE. BOTH WINGS WERE SEVERED FROM THE AIRCRAFT AND IT WENT INVERTED BEFORE STRIKING THE GROUND IN A SLIGHTLY NOSE LOW ATTITUDE.

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:

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY EDGE LIGHTS..INADEQUATE

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