NTSB Identification: ATL86FA039.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29866.
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 11, 1985 in CORNING, NY
Aircraft: PIPER PA-30, registration: N7770Y
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.

DURING ILS RUNWAY 6 APPROACH ACFT HIT HIGH TERRAIN SHORT OF THE OUTER MARKER. WHEN ON DOWNWIND FOR APPROACH PILOT SAID HE WAS NOT RECEIVING THE LOCALIZER AND ASKED FOR A SURVEILLANCE APPROACH. CONTROLLER SAID HE COULD NOT PROVIDE. WHEN CLEARED FOR THE ILS APPROACH PILOT SAID HE WAS EXPECTING AN APPROACH TO ELMIRA. CONTROLLER SAID HE WAS GETTING APPROACH TO ELMIRA AND REPEATED CLEARANCE. PILOT SAID HE HAD AN APPROACH CHART FOR RUNWAY 24 BUT NOT 6. HE WAS GIVEN LOCALIZER FREQ. AND LATER REPORTED ON THE LOCALIZER COURSE. RADAR DISPLAY INDICATED SAME. POST CRASH TESTING SHOWED GLIDE SLOPE RECEIVER IN ACFT WAS OUT OF ADJUSTMENT BUT CAPABLE OF FUNCTIONING. ACFT APPEARED TO HAVE FLOWN INTO TREES IN LEVEL ATTITUDE.

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

PROPER GLIDEPATH..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLIGHT MANUALS..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

EXCESSIVE WORKLOAD (TASK OVERLOAD)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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