NTSB Identification: ATL85FA197.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29102.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Friday, June 28, 1985 in CHARLOTTE, NC
Aircraft: PIPER PA-42, registration: N542TW
Injuries: 2 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 COLLIDED WITH A TREE AND A POLE SHORT OF THE RWY DURING A NIGHT VFR APPROACH TO LAND. THE PLT CHANGED FROM RWY 18 TO 36 DURING THE APPROACH. HE WAS SEEN LOW & FAST ON DWNWIND WHICH ENDED IN A STEEP DESCENDING TURN TO GROUND CONTACT. THE TWR HAD OVERIED THE PLT DURING THE INITIAL APPROACH BECAUSE OF HIS SPEED AND HIGH ALTITUDE. THE PLT REPLIED THAT HE WOULD BE DOWN AND REQUESTED A CHANGE OF RWY. THE WIND WAS REPORTED AS FROM 150 DEGREES AT 7 KTS.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR PROCEDURES..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OSTENTATIOUS DISPLAY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PLANNED APPROACH..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OSTENTATIOUS DISPLAY..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

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

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER DESCENT RATE..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OSTENTATIOUS DISPLAY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MANEUVER..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..UTILITY POLE

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