NTSB Identification: FTW84LA138.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23904.
Accident occurred Thursday, February 16, 1984 in BROWNSVILLE, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31, registration: N7415L
Injuries: 6 Minor.

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 PLT WAS MANEUVERING FOR AN ILS APPROACH WHEN HE COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND. HE SAID HE WAS DISTRACTED BY THE SWINGING CDI AND WAS BELOW THE GLIDE SLOPE. HE SAID HE STARTED TO ADD POWER FOR A MISSED APPROACH AND THE ACFT IMPACTED THE GROUND. A PASSENGER SAID HE DID NOT NOTICE ANY CHANGE IN ENGINE SOUNDS DURING THE APPROACH. THE PLT STATED THAT HE SHOULD HAVE STARTED HIS MISSED APPROACH SOONER.

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

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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..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

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

MISSED APPROACH..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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