NTSB Identification: CHI85FA258.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31400.
Accident occurred Friday, June 28, 1985 in MEROM, IN
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32RT-300T, registration: N39554
Injuries: 1 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 AIRCRAFT WAS ON A VISUAL FLIGHT FROM FAIRFIELD IOWA TO INDIANAPOLIS, IN AND WAS ABOUT 55 MAUTICAL MILES SOUTH OF COURSE WHEN THE AIRCRAFT BROKE UP IN FLIGHT. THE MAIN WRECKAGE, EMPENNAGE, AND OUTER WING SECTIONS LANDED WITHIN ABOUT A QUARTER OF A MILE OF EACH OTHER IN MEROM, INDIANA. WEATHER AND RAIN SHOWERS WERE N THE AREA AT THE TIME. THE FLIGHT WAS NOT ON A FLIGHT PLAN AT THE TIME AND THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT LAST REPORTED HIS ALTITUDE AS 12,500 FEET. FAA FLIGHT SERVICE STATION PERSONNEL HAD BRIEFED THE PILOT ON MARGINAL VFR CONDITIONS ENROUTE AND RECOMMENDED A MORE NORTHERLY COURSE.

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

FLIGHT CONTROL,STABILATOR..FLUTTER

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

DESIGN STRESS LIMITS OF AIRCRAFT..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLIGHT CONTROL,STABILATOR..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

WING..OVERLOAD

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

WING..FAILURE,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN





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