NTSB Identification: MKC84FA103.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24052.
Accident occurred Friday, March 16, 1984 in SPRINGDALE, AR
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-180, registration: N6177P
Injuries: 4 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.

ABOUT 3 MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED COMING OUT OF THE 400-600 FT OVERCAST SKY IN ABOUT A 75 DEG NOSE DOWN, RIGHT WING ATTITUDE. IT IMPACTED A 4-STRAND HIGH VOLTAGE POWERLINE PRIOR TO IMPACT WITH THE GROUND. THE PLT HAD RECEIVED HIS INSTRUMENT RATING IN JANUARY. NO RECORDS WERE FOUND INDICATING THAT THE PLT EVER FLOWN ACTUAL OR SIMULATED INSTRUMENTS IN A PA-24. THE PLT HAD A MEDICAL HISTORY OF DIZZINESS. ON 3/6/84 HE WAS TREATED FOR NAUSEA, VOMITING & DIZZINESS. HE WAS GIVEN 3 MEDICATIONS AT THAT TIME. ON 3/8/84 THE PLT TELEPHONED THE UNIVERSITY HEALTH CENTERTO SAY HE WAS STILL EXPERIENCING DIZZINESS & WAS PRESCRIBED ANOTHER DRUG. HE AGAIN CALLED ON 3/10/84 COMPLAINING OF DIZZINESS. HOWEVER, A DRUG SCREEN REVEALED NO TRACES OF MEDICATIONS ABLE TO BE TESTED FOR. THE ACFT WAS OVER MAX GROSS WEIGHT.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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