NTSB Identification: NYC84FA108.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26917.
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 14, 1984 in GROTON, CT
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-200, registration: N5022S
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 RECEIVED 2 WX BRIEFINGS PRIOR TO DEPARTING & BOTH CALLED FOR LOW CEILINGS. DURING ARRIVAL AT THE DESTINATION, THE PLT REQUESTED & WAS CLEARED FOR AN ILS APCH TO RWY 5. WHILE ON THE APCH, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH A SMALL TREE & CRASHED. THE WRECKAGE CAME TO REST AT ABOUT 690 FT SOUTH OF THE THRESHOLD OF RWY 5 (RIGHT OF THE EXTENDED RWY CENTER- LINE). AN EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION. THE 0145 EST WX WAS: SKY PARTIALLY OBSCURED, 900 FT OVERCAST, VISIBILITY 1-1/4 MI WITH RAIN & FOG, WIND 160 DEG AT 25 GUSTING 40 KTS. ACCORDING TO THE POLICE, THE WX REMAINED WINDY & RAINY UNTIL 0315 EST.

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

IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


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


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LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


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WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


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WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


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WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


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WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


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WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


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WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND


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WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS





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OBJECT..TREE(S)

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