NTSB Identification: MKC84FA091.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25958.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 03, 1984 in HARRISON, AR
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-200T, registration: N5857F
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.

THE PLT ENCOUNTERED A THUNDERSTORM DURING A NIGHT X-COUNTRY.THE PLT WAS BEING VECTORED BY THE CONTROLLER TO AVOID THE WORST OF THE STORM. AFTER ABOUT 2 MINUTES MEMPHIS CENTER HEARD THE ACFTS CALL SIGN SHOUTED OVER THE RADIO. FURTHER ATTEMPTS AT RADIO COMMUNICATION WITH THE ACFT MET WITH NO SUCCESS. ABOUT 7 MINUTES LATER A NEARBY RESIDENT REPORTED AN ACFT ACCIDENT TO THE SHERIFF. THE ACFT WAS FOUND THE NEXT MORNING WITH THE WINGS SEPARATED FROM THE MAIN WRECKAGE.

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DESIGN STRESS LIMITS OF AIRCRAFT..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE(THUNDERSTORMS)


Contributing Factors

WING,SPAR..SEPARATION


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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