NTSB Identification: ATL84FA147.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25277.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 22, 1984 in ATHENS, GA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N5009T
Injuries: 3 Serious.

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.

BEFORE STARTING AN APCH, THE PLT WAS ADVISED THE WX WAS: 300 FT OBSCURED, VISIBILITY 3/4 MI WITH LIGHT RAIN & FOG. THE MINIMUMS FOR A STRAIGHT-IN VOR APCH TO RWY 2 WERE 400 FT MDA & 1 MI VISIBILITY; FOR A CIRCLING APCH, THE MINIMUMS WERE 433 FT & 1 MI. THE PLT TOLD ATLANTA CENTER THAT HE WOULD TRY THE APCH TO ATHENS 1 TIME. HE INITIATED THE APCH TO RWY 2. WITNESSES SAW THE ACFT CROSS THE ARPT FROM SOUTH TO NORTH, ENTER LOW CLOUDS, THEN HEARD WHAT THEY INTERPRETED TO BE A RIGHT TURN. THEY THEN SAW THE ACFT DESCENDING IN A RIGHT TURN & DISAPPEAR BEHIND BUILDINGS. IT CRASHED 57 FT EAST OF RWY 2/20. THE SERIOUSLY INJURED PLT COULD NOT RECALL THE ACCIDENT.

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

IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MINIMUM DESCENT ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..BELOW APPROACH/LANDING MINIMUMS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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