NTSB Identification: MKC85FA062.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27573.
Accident occurred Monday, February 25, 1985 in SUNSET HILLS, MO
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31P, registration: N404RS
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 WAS ON A NGT INSTRUCTIONAL FLT WITH 2 MULTI-ENG INSTRUCTOR PLTS AT THE CONTROLS & A RATED PLT OCCUPYING A REAR PAX SEAT. THE RGT FNT SEAT OCCUPANT WAS AN EXPERIENCED MULTI-ENG PLT WITH 110 HRS IN THIS MAKE & MODEL; HOWEVER, HIS 2NDCLASS MED CERT WAS ISSUED IN JAN 1983. THE L FNT SEAT OCCUPANT HAD JUST RECEIVED HIS MULTI-ENG INTRUCTOR RATING & HAD ONLY 3 HRS IN THIS MAKE & MODEL. HE HAD A CURRENT MED CERT & WAS PRESUMED TO BE THE PLT-IN-COMMAND. THE AIRCREW MADE 2 PASSES OVER RWY 18, THEN MANUEVERED ONTO A DOWNWIND LEG OF THE PATTERN. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, THE ACFT WAS NORTHEAST OF THE ARPT AT APRX 300 TO 400 FT AGL & MANEUVERING BACK TOWARD THE RWY WHEN IT ENTERED A STEEP DSCNT, CRASHED & BURNED.THE ACFT CRASHED NORTHEAST OF THE ARPT IN A WOODED AREA. IMPACT OCCURRED ON A SOUTHERLY HDG IN ABOUT AN 18 DEG DIVE. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE/MALFUNCTION WAS FND; HOWEVER, THE ACFT WAS EXTENSIVELY DAMAGED DURING IMPACT. TOX CHECKS OF THE PAX & RGT FNT SEAT OCCUPANTS SHOWED EACH HAD AN ALCOHOL LVL OF 0.117%. NO ALCOHOL FND IN THE L FNT SEAT OCCUPANT'S BLOOD

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..OTHER CREWMEMBER

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..OTHER CREWMEMBER

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..INADEQUATE..OTHER CREWMEMBER


Contributing Factors

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

QUALIFICATION..OTHER CREWMEMBER


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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