NTSB Identification: ATL85LA126.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27719.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 30, 1985 in BLAIRSVILLE, GA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-260, registration: N3744W
Injuries: 4 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.

DURING FLT, THE PLT ENCOUNTERED UNFAVORABLE WINDS & RAIN, THEN BECAME CONCERNED ABOUT HIS FUEL SUPPLY. HE DIVERTED TO BLAIRSVILLE & WAS LANDING WHEN A GUST OF WIND BLEW THE ACFT SIDE WAYS. THE PLT RE-ALIGNED THE ACFT WITH THE RWY, BUT IT SUDDENLY DROPPED & LANDED HARD. DURING TOUCHDOWN, THE LEFT MAIN GEAR COLLAPSED & THE ACFT SLID OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RWY.

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

FLARE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

PROPER ALIGNMENT..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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