NTSB Identification: NYC85LA108.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28288.
Accident occurred Thursday, April 18, 1985 in CLARION, PA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-250, registration: N506AC
Injuries: 1 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.

THE PURPOSE OF THE FLIGHT WAS TO POSITION THE AIRCRAFT AT PITTSBURGH, PA. DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL AT BUFFALO, TWO TO THREE SHORT POWER SURGES IN THE NO. 1 ENGINE WERE EXPERIENCED BUT THE PILOT DECIDED NOT TO ABORT AND CONTINUED TO DESTINATION. THE AIRCRAFT RAN SMOOTHLY WITH THE MIXTURE LEANED AND THE RPM AT 2400. HOWEVER WHEN THE PILOT FURTHER LEAN THE LEFT MIXTURE, THE NO. 1 ENGINE BEGAN TO SURGE AS THOUGH IT WAS FUEL STARVED. A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING WAS MADE AT CLARION AIRPORT, WHILE LANDING, AT 60 KNOTS. THE AIRCRAFT CONTINUED ROLLING OFF THE RUNWAY THROUGH THE GRASS AND OVER A 10' CLIFF.

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

PLANNED APPROACH..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER TOUCHDOWN POINT..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF RECENT EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OPERATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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