NTSB Identification: DEN86LA021.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30340.
Accident occurred Sunday, November 10, 1985 in BUFFALO, SD
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150, registration: N6854P
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, THE PLT WAS SEARCHING FOR HUNTERS WHEN THE ACFT HE WAS FLYING CONTACTED THE GROUND. WITNESSES STATED THAT BLOWING SNOW, LOW OVERCAST CLOUDS & VISIBILITY OF LESS THAN 1/2 MI PREVAILED AT THE TIME OF THE ACDNT. A BLOOD SAMPLE WAS TAKEN FROM THE PLT ABOUT 4 HRS & 45 MIN AFTER THE ACDNT. A CHECK OF THE BLOOD SHOWED AN ALCOHOL LEVEL OF 0.10%.

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW

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