NTSB Identification: NYC84FA135.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25462.
Accident occurred Friday, April 06, 1984 in JOHNSTOWN, PA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-200T, registration: N33569
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 ACFT TOOK OFF WITH A CENTER OF GRAVITY BET 95.45 & 95.71 INCHES AFT OF THE DATUM & APRX 98 LBS BELOW THE MAX ALLOWABLE GROSS WEIGHT. THE MAX AFT CG LIMIT FOR ALL WEIGHTS WAS 94.6 INCHES. WX AT THE APRX TIME OF THE ACCIDENT WAS 400 FT CEILING, LIGHT SNOWSHOWERS, 4 MILES VISIBILITY WITH FOG, TEMP 29F, DEW POINT 29F. A SIGMET FOR MOD TO SEVERE ICING IN CLOUDS WAS ALSO IN EFFECT. THE ACFT IMPACTED IN A 30 TO 40 DEG LEFT BANK. IMPACT OCCURRED APRX 1800 FT FROM THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RWY. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF INFLIGHT MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS OF THE POWERPLANTS. ALTHOUGH THEACFT ARRIVED AT JOHNSTOWN WITH ICE ON THE WINGS AND TAIL, THE PLT RECEIVED A FULL WX BRIEFING AND WAS AWARE OF THE ICINGCONDITIONS PRIOR TO HIS LAST TAKEOFF. THERE WAS EVIDENCE THAT THE PLT DID NOT DEICE THE ACFT'S WINGS AND TAIL PRIOR THE ACCIDENT FLT.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WING..ICE


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT WEIGHT AND BALANCE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE..DETERIORATED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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