NTSB Identification: LAX85LA321.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29849.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 17, 1985 in MONTEREY, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-235, registration: N15548
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 PILOT TOOK OFF ON A TRAINING FLIGHT TO PRACTICE HOLDING OVER A VOR INTERSECTION 12 MILES OFF SHORE. APPROXIMATELY 12MINUTES AFTER TAKE OFF THE PILOT DECLARED 'MAYDAY,ROUGH ENGINE', TO THE MONTEREY,CALFORNIA CONTROL TOWER CONTROL SPECIALIST. THE CONTROL SEPCIALIST OBSERVED THE ACFTS RADAR TARGET VANISH FROM HIS BRITE TUBE AT AN ALTITUDE OF 1300 FEET. THE COAST GUARD RECOVERED A FEW PIECES OF DEBRIS FROM THE ACFT.

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ENGINE ASSEMBLY..ERRATIC

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