NTSB Identification: ATL86FA014.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30272.
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 30, 1985 in OCILLA, GA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-220T, registration: N8401E
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Minor.

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 PILOT OF THE SECOND COMPANY AIRCRAFT TO ARRIVE IN THE VICINITY OF THE AIRPORT HELD WHILE THE FIRST ATTEMPTED AN NDR APPROACH. AFTER THE FIRST AIRCRAFT MADE A MISSED APPROACH THE PILOT OF THE SECOND AIRCRAFT ATTEMPTED THE APPROACH. THE AIRCRAFT FLEW INTO THE TREES SEVERAL MILES PRIOR TO REACHING THE AIRPORT. A RADAR ALTIMETER WAS ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT BUT WAS NOT USED. THE PILOT COMPLAINED THAT IT WAS JUST ANOTHER DANG BUZZER AND THERE WERE TOO MANY OF THOSE ALREADY.

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

LEVEL OFF..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..NOT ISSUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

RADAR ALTIMETER..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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



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