NTSB Identification: NYC85FA057.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27893.
Accident occurred Thursday, January 31, 1985 in SADSBURYVILLE, PA
Aircraft: CESSNA 414, registration: N1994G
Injuries: 4 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.

ACFT WAS ON ITS RWY 29 APCH WHEN IT COLLIDED WITH GND 1 MILE FROM THE ARPT. A WITNESS SAW HE ACFT FLY OVER THE ARPT TO THE WEST BETWEEN 500 TO 1500 FT. WITNESSES NEAR THE ACCIDENT SITE SAW THE ACFT MAKING ABRUPT MANEUVERS AT LOW ALTITUDE PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. ENGINE SOUNDS WAS DESCRIBED AS 'RACING', 'UNEVEN', & 'LOUD'. WEATHER CONDITION WAS DESCRIBED AS FOG, LOW CEILING, AND LIGHT RAIN. ANOTHER PILOT IN SAME TYPE ACFT WAS UNABLE TO LAND DUE TO WEATHER. EXAMINATION OF THE ACFT DID NOT DISCLOSED EVIDENCE OF MALFUNCTION. FLT APCH NAVAID FACILITIES FLT CHECKED TO BE OPERATIONAL. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF PLT PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT OR INCAPACITATION. THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND IN A NEAR VERTICAL ATTITUDE.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN

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