NTSB Identification: NYC84FA138.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26685.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 15, 1984 in TOMS RIVER, NJ
Aircraft: BEECH 35-C33, registration: N15VP
Injuries: 2 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.

PLT STATED THAT WHEN USING HIS BIFOCAL CORRECTIVE LENSES, HE HAD TO TILT HIS HEAD BACK TO INCLUDE THE ALTIMETER IN HIS INSTRUMENT SCAN. IN THE FINAL PHASE OF THE APPROACH, HE FAILED TO NOTE THE ALTIMETER AND COLLIDED WITH THE TERRAIN.

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

PROPER DESCENT RATE..NOT MAINTAINED..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

PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT(VISUAL DEFICIENCY)..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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