NTSB Identification: NYC86LA020.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30651.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 26, 1985 in LEE CENTER, NY
Aircraft: PIPER PA-15, registration: N4499H
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 ACFT EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF CONTROL DURING AN APCH TO THE PLT'S PVT AIRSTRIP. AFTER A PLEASURE FLT OF ONE-HALF HOUR, WITH NO REPORTED PROBLEMS THE ACFT RETURNED TO THE ARPT. ON ABOUT A ONE-HALF MILE FINAL, THE ACFT ENTERED A STEEP LEFT TURN AT ABOUT A 60 DEGREE BANK. THE PLT TRIED TO CORRECT WITH FULL RIGHT AILERON AND RIGHT RUDDER. REDUCING THE BANK ANGLE TO ABOUT 15 DEGREES. THE PLT ELECTED TO LAND ON A ROAD. THE LEFT WING COLLIDED WITH A GUARD RAIL, SPINNING THE ACFT INTO A DITCH. THE PLT REPORTED, AFTER THE ACCIDENT, THAT THE RIGHT LOWER TAIL BRACE WIRE ATTACH FITTING, PIPER P/N 10075-04, HAD FAILED. HE ALSO REPORTED A PRE-EXISTING CRACK WAS FOUND IN THE FITTING.

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

HORIZONTAL STABILIZER ATTACHMENT..FATIGUE

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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