NTSB Identification: MIA84FA072.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25440.
Accident occurred Saturday, February 04, 1984 in HOBOKEN, GA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22-150, registration: N8771D
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 ON BASE LEG FOR LANDING, THE FORWARD RIGHT WING STRUT FAILED CAUSING THE RIGHT WING TO SEPARATE. THE ACFT THEN ENTERED AN UNCONTROLLED DESCENT & CRASHED. THE NON-CERTIFICATED PLT OWNED THE ACFT. HE HAD NOT COMPLIED WITH AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE 77-03-08. THE LAST ANNUAL MAINT INSP WAS PERFORMED ON 12-04-81. AD 77-03-08 REFERS TO DETECTION AND CORRECTION OF EXCESSIVE CORROSION OF WING LIFT STRUTS. METALLURGICAL ANALYSIS REVEALED THAT THE FORWARD LIFT STRUT TUBE WALL HAD BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED BY CORROSIVE ATTACK ON THE INTERIOR SURFACE. OTHER FAILURES OF THE WING WERE SECONDARY.

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

MAINTENANCE,ANNUAL INSPECTION..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WING,BRACING STRUT..CORRODED

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

MAINTENANCE,COMPLIANCE WITH AD..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WING,BRACING STRUT..FAILURE,TOTAL


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