NTSB Identification: FTW85FA117A.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29671.
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 12, 1985 in HEALDTON, OK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32RT-300, registration: N39516
Injuries: 3 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 ACFT COLLIDED AT 4,500 FT MSL WITHIN APRX 15 DEGREES OF HEAD-ON. VMC WITH 30 MI VISIBILITY EXISTED WITH PLT REPORTED WINDS ALOFT AS BEING LIGHT FROM THE WEST. EN ROUTE RECORDED DATA INDICATED THAT N39516 WAS ON A TRUE COURSE OF 180 DEG AND N1162N WAS ON A TRUE COURSE OF 346 DEG. MAGNETIC VARIATION WAS APRX 7 DEG & 25 MIN EAST GIVING AN APRX MAGNETIC COURSE FOR N39516 OF 173 DEG AND 339 DEG FOR N1162N. ACCORDING TO FAR 91.109 N39516 SHOULD HAVE BEEN MAINTAINING AN ODD THOUSAND FT MSL ALT PLUS 500 FT. THE STABILATOR OF N39516 WAS SEPARATED FROM THE VERTICAL FIN CAUSING THE UNCONTROLLED DESCENT. THE LEFT HORIZONTAL STABILATOR OF N39516 VIOLATED THE CABIN OF N1162N FATALLY INJURING THE SOLO PLT. N39516 WAS CONSUMED BU POST-CRASH FIRE.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT


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