NTSB Identification: NYC86FA027.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32000.
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 23, 1985 in LANDISBURG, PA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-250, registration: N54264
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 NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT TOOK OFF ON A VFR CROSSCOUNTY FLIGHT WITH NO WEATHER BRIEFING. HE FLEW INTO AN AREA OF ADVERSE WEATHER INCLUDING LOW CLOUDS, FOG, DRIZZLE & HAZE. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED NEAR THE TOP OF A 2100 FT HIGH HILL IN FORESTED TERRAIN.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

QUALIFICATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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