NTSB Identification: ATL85LMG02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31027.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 26, 1985 in GOLDSBORO, NC
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N5291L
Injuries: 3 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.

WHILE LANDING AT NIGHT, THE ACFT ENCOUNTERED UNFAVORABLE WINDS & WENT OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RWY. AFTER DEPARTING THE RWY, IT HIT A DRAINAGE DITCH & THE NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED. ABOUT 50 MI NORTHWEST AT THE RALEIGH/DURHAM ARPT, THE WIND WAS VARIABLE FROM 290 TO 320 DEG AT 10 KTS, GUSTING 20 TO 25 KTS. (BRIEF DEVELOPED FROM PRELIM RPRT, FAA RPRT LOST IN MAILING)

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


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