NTSB Identification: MKC84FA115.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24505.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 31, 1984 in GARDEN CITY, KS
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-200, registration: N40846
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 DEPARTED KENDALLVILLE, IN, AT ABOUT 1800 EST & MADE A REFUELING STOP AT TOPEKA, KS. AT TOPEKA, HE OBTAINED A WX BRIEFING FOR A FLT TO PUEBLO, CO, HIS INTENDED DESTINATION, & WAS ADVISED OF MARGINAL VFR TO IFR CONDITIONS ON HIS PROPOSED ROUTE. HE THEN ASKED ABOUT THE WX ON THE FOLLOWING DAY & WAS TOLD THAT IT WOULD BE MARGINAL VFR TO VFR AFTER 1500 HRS ON 3/31/84. AT THAT TIME, HE TOLD THE BRIEFER THAT HE WOULD 'JUST SIT ON IT.' HOWEVER, THE PLT TOOK OFF. LATER, HE CALLED SALINA RADIO & OBTAINED THE SALINA & PUEBLO CURRENT & FORCAST WX, WHICH WAS MARGINAL VFR TO IFR. AFTER THAT, THERE WAS NO FURTHER RADIO CONTACT WITH ATC. ON 4/2/84, THE ACFT WAS FOUND APRX 1-1/2 MI SOUTHEAST OF THE GARDEN CITY MUNI ARPT. AN EXAM REVEALED THAT IT HAD CRASHED ON A HEADING OF APRX 120 DEG WITH THE LANDING GEAR EXTENDED. IMPACT OCCURRED ON LEVEL TERRAIN WHILE THE ACFT WAS IN A RIGHT BANK. NO PREIMPACT FAILURES OR MALFUNCTIONS WERE FOUND. THE 0030 CST WX AT GARDEN CITY WAS: 200 FT OBSCURED, 1 MI VIS WITH LGT SNW, TEMP/DEW POINT 33/31, WIND 110 DEG AT 8 KTS.

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:

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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