NTSB Identification: NYC85LA061.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27619.
Accident occurred Friday, February 08, 1985 in MALONE, NY
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-200, registration: CGDVM
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE TERRAIN ON THE SIDE OF A HILL AFTER ENCOUNTERING LOW CEILINGS AND SNOW. THE PLT DEPARTED MASSENA UNDER A SPECIAL VFR CLEARANCE AND AFTER APRX 25 MINUTES HE DECIDED TO RETURN TO MASSENA BECAUSE OF DETERIORATINGWEATHER. AFTER FLYING AT 2500 FT MSL FOR APRX 5 MINUTES THE ACFT CONTACTED THE HILLY WOODED AREA.

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

PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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