NTSB Identification: NYC84FA114.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26817.
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 21, 1984 in ONEONTA, NY
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31-350, registration: N27886
Injuries: 5 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 ACFT CRASHED IN A WOODED AREA AFTER THE LOSS OF ENG POWER. THE WX WAS VMC. THE PLT MADE A MISSED APPROACH AFTER TRYING TO LAND ON RWY AT ONEONTA, AT 1838 HRS. LATER THE PLT RADIOED THAT HE WAS UNABLE TO 'PICK UP' THE KRING BEACON. BOSTON CENTER VECTORED THE FLT TO THE AREA OF THE KRING BEACON. THE PLT THEN PROCEEDED TO QUESTION HIS POSITION. WHEN BOSTON TERMINATED RADAR SERVICE THE PLTS ANSWER WAS UNINTELLIGIBLE. NO FURTHER COMMUNICATIONS WERE RECEIVED FROM THE FLT. THE WRECKAGE WAS FOUND ABOUT 1/2 MILE FROM THE ARPT. THE LEFT FULL TANK SELECTOR WAS FOUND ON THE LEFT OUTBOARD TANK. THIS ACFT IS RESTRICTED TO LEVEL FLT FOR USE OF FUEL FROM THE OUTBOARD TANKS.

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

IFR PROCEDURE..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FUEL TANK SELECTOR POSITION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IFR PROCEDURE..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MENTAL PERFORMANCE OVERLOAD..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ANXIETY/APPREHENSION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLUID,FUEL..STARVATION


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN

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