NTSB Identification: CHI84LA150.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24019.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 08, 1984 in LAFAYETTE, IN
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-200, registration: N56738
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT WAS PRACTICING ACCURACY LANDINGS WHEN HE NOTICED THAT THE ACFT HAD BLOWN AWAY FROM THE RWY. WHEN HE ATTEMPTED TO INCREASE THE THROTTLE SETTING THERE WAS NO RESPONSE. IN AN ATTEMPT TO LAND ON A HIGHWAY ON-RAMP THE ACFT STRUCK AN ELECTRIC WIRE, A STREET SIGN & AN AUTOMOBILE. AN ON-GROUND FIRE INSUED. THE PROP CONTROL WAS FOUND IN HIGH PITCH, THE MIXTURE CONTROL IN IDLE CUTOFF & THE THROTTLE FULL OPEN. DUE TO SIMILARITY OF THE MIXTURE & PROP CONTROL KNOBS THE MIXTURE CONTROL MAY HAVE BEEN LEANED IN LIEU OF MOVING THE PROP CONTROL TO HIGH PITCH IN PREPARATION FOR THE ACCURACY LANDING. AN ENGINE RUN WAS SUCCESSFULLY ACCOMPLISHED AFTER THE ACCIDENT.

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

MIXTURE..INADVERTENT USE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..NOT IDENTIFIED..PILOT IN COMMAND




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