NTSB Identification: ATL84FA099.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24854.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 12, 1984 in MASSIES MILL, VA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-30-160, registration: N8742Y
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.

WHILE EN ROUTE, THE PLT WAS PROGRESSING NORTHBOUND WHEN HE CONTACTED THE WASHINGTON FSS AT 2134 EST FOR UPDATED WX INFO. AT THAT TIME, HE DESCRIBED HIS POSITION AS NORTH OF LYNCHBURG, VA. THE FSS BRIEFER NOTED THAT HIS VOICE WAS NORMAL, HIS MANNER WAS CALM & PROFESSIONAL & THERE WAS NO HINT OF ANYTHING UNUSUAL. ABOUT 8 MINUTES LATER, THE ACFT HIT TREES & TERRAIN ON A SADDLE BETWEEN 2 MOUNTAIN PEAKS, ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL. INITIAL IMPACT OCCURRED IN LEVEL FLT ON A HEADING OF 190 DEG. AN EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF A PREIMPACT/MECHANICAL FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION. RADAR DATA SHOWED A PROBABLE TRACK FOR THE ACFT. THE TRACK PROGRESSED NORTHBOUND (354 DEG) AT 4400 TO 4500 FT MSL UNTIL PASSING ABEAM MONTEBELLO VOR AT APRX 2138:30 EST, JUST AFTER THE PLT ENDED HIS RADIO CALL TO THE FSS. THE ACFT THEN TURNED RIGHT TO ABOUT 170 DEG & DESCENDED TO 3700 & SLOWED FROM 180 KTS TO 138 KTS. AFTER FLYING NEAROR OVER THE WINTERGREEN SKI AREA, WHERE NIGHT SKIING WAS IN PROGRESS, THE ACFT CRASHED AT AN ELEVATION OF APROX 3700 FT.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..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

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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