NTSB Identification: BFO85FA062.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30365.
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 23, 1985 in OAKLAND, MD
Aircraft: PIPER J3C-65, registration: N70336
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 HAD BEEN OBSERVED ON THE DAY OF THIS FLT AND ON THE 'PAST COUPLE OF DAYS' TO BE FLYING LOW AND VERY SLOW AT TREE TOP LEVEL. GROUND WITNESSES HEARD THE SOUNDS OF THE CRASH BUT COULD NOT SEE THE ACFT AT THE TIME. THE ACFT IMPACTEDTHE GROUND IN A NEAR VERTICAL ATTITUDE. THE ENG WAS OPERATING UNDER LOW PWR WITH THE MAGNETO SWITCH SELECTED TO THE RIGHT MAGNETO. BOTH MAGNETOS CONTAINED OIL AND TWO HIGH TENSION TERMINAL WERE BROKEN IN THE LEFT MAGNETO.

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

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LOW PASS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

THROTTLE/POWER CONTROL..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

IGNITION SYSTEM,MAGNETO..IMPROPER


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