NTSB Identification: LAX84FA170.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26800.
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 08, 1984 in RIVIERA, AZ
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31T, registration: N36CA
Injuries: 2 Serious,1 Minor.

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.

ACFT LOST PWR ON THE LEFT ENG DURING CLIMB TO CRUISE APRX 8 MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF. ARPT MGR HEARD UNICOM TRANSMISSION FROM N36CA, 'WE LOST AN ENG, WE'RE COMING BACK.' A WARNING HORN (POSSIBLY GEAR WARNING OR STALL HORN) WAS HEARD IN THE BACKGROUND OF THE TRANSMISSION. WHEN N36CA FAILED TO RETURN THE ARPT MGR CALLED THE SHERIFF & BEGAN SEARCH IN HIS OWN ACFT. N36CA WAS LOCATED APRX 1 HOUR AFTER IT'S DEPARTURE. THE FORCED LANDING WAS IN A FLAT, WINGS LEVEL ATTITUDE WITH 22DEGS OF FLAPS EXTENDED. INITIAL IMPACT OCCURRED IN AREA OF 8 FT HIGH BRUSH. DISTANCE FROM INITIAL IMPACT TO FINAL REST WAS 595 FT ON HEADING OF 140 DEGS. ALTHOUGH RESTRAINED BY LAP BELT AND HARNESS, PLT HIT HEAD ON CO-PLT'S CONTOL YOKE DURING THE ACCIDENT. THE LEFT ENG TURBINE BLADE HAD FAILED IN FATIGUE. THE PLT'S SON SAID HIS FATHER SHUT DOWN THE RIGHTENG IN-FLT AND AS A RESULT THE ACFT HAD NO PWR ON EITHER ENG.

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

TURBINE ASSEMBLY,TURBINE BLADE..FATIGUE

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

WRONG ENGINE SHUTDOWN..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

INADEQUATE TRAINING(EMERGENCY PROCEDURE(S))..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

TURBINE ASSEMBLY,TURBINE BLADE..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

PROPELLER FEATHERING..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION

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