NTSB Identification: ATL85FA256.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29669.
Accident occurred Friday, August 23, 1985 in FLAT ROCK, NC
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31T, registration: N600CM
Injuries: 5 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.

ACFT HIT NORTHWEST SIDE OF RIDGE IN LEVEL ATTITUDE,CRUISE SPEED,HEADING SOUTHEAST.CONDITIONS WERE DARK NIGHT AND THE CLOUD CEILING WAS ABOUT 40 FEET ABOVE THE RIDGE.PILOT RECEIVED WX BRIEF BEFORE TAKE OFF AND EN ROUTE WHICH REPORTED A CEILING OF 10,000 FEET AT DESTINATION.ACFT WAS FLOWN AT 17,500 FEET EN ROUTE.PIC RADIOED GSP APPROACH CONTROL.SAID HE WAS VFR FOR LANDING,PASSING 6000 FEET.TWO WAY COMM NOT ESTABLISHED BUT DISCRETE TX CODE ASSIGNED. CONTROLLER SAW TX CODE CHANGE NW OF CRASH SITE THEN RADAR TARGET DISAPPEARED AT ACCIDENT SITE.

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

IFR PROCEDURE..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DESCENT..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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