NTSB Identification: NYC84MA102.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25707.
Scheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Monday, March 05, 1984 in CUMBERLAND, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/30/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31, registration: N6629L
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

NTSB investigators traveled in support of this investigation and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

APPROX 16 MIN PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT THE PLT WAS CLEARED FOR THE LOCALIZER DME APPROACH. THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN ON A HDG OF ABOUT 220 DEGREES AT APPROX 8.5 DME ON A BEARING OF 051 DEGREES FROM THE ARPT. AS INDICATED ON THE LOC/DME RWY 23 APPROACH PLATE, THE MINIMUM ALTITUDE BETWEEN THE OUTER MARKER, 6.6 DME, AND 10 DME WAS 3000 FEET. ELEVATION AT THE ACCIDENT SITE WAS 2000 FT; ARPT ELEVATION WAS 776 FT. POST CRASH FIRE CONSUMED MOST OF THE WRECKAGE BUT THE CABIN HEATER WAS NOT IN THE FIRE AREA. THE PILOT'S REPORTED CARBOXY HEMOGLOBIN (CO) WAS 20%. AUTOPSY REVEALED MULTIPLE EXTREME IMPACT INJURIES. PRODUCTS OF COMBUSTION WERE FOUND ON FRESH AIR SIDE OF CABIN HEATER/HEAT EXCHANGER. SOURCE OF COMBUSTION PRODUCTS WERE NOT DETERMINED.

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:

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

AIR COND/HEATING/PRESSURIZATION..LEAK


Contributing Factors

PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT(CARBON MONOXIDE)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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