NTSB Identification: ATL85FA191.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29475.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 20, 1985 in CLEVELAND, GA
Aircraft: PIPER J5A, registration: N35612
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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 PLT TOOK OFF FROM A PRIVATE STRIP WITH HIS 5 YR OLD DAUGHTER ON BOARD. HE THEN MADE SEVERAL LOW PASSES BY A GUEST HOUSE SO THAT HIS DAUGHTER COULD WAVE TO HER GRANDPARENTS. THE ACFT WAS LAST SEEN HEADED GENERALLY IN A NORTHERLY DIRECTION WHEN IT BANKED SHARPLY TO THE RIGHT, THEN IT DISAPPEARED BEHIND TREES. IMPACT OCCURRED IN A STEEP NOSE-DOWN ATTITUDE. THERE WAS AN ABSENCE OF TORSIONAL DAMAGE TO THE PROPELLER; ONE BLADE WAS STRAIGHT & THE OTHER BLADE WAS BENT AFT. VIRTUALLY NO FUEL WAS FOUND IN THE TANKS, LINES & CARBURETOR. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FND. DURING AN OPERATIONAL CHECK WITH A REPLACEMENT PROPELLER, THE ENG WAS RUN TO 2325 RPM. A CHECK OF THE PLT'S BLOOD SHOWED AN ALCOHOL LVL OF 0.040%.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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