NTSB Identification: SEA84LA093.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24495.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 22, 1984 in HEPPNER, OR
Aircraft: PIPER PA-25-235D, registration: N9866P
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 PLT REPORTED THAT HE WAS MAKING A TURN BELOW THE LEE SIDE OF A RIDGE LINE AT AN ALT OF ABOUT 30 FT AGL. THE ACFT REPORTEDLY ENCOUNTERED A DOWNDRAFT & SETTLED INTO THE GROUND. DURING THIS OCCURRENCE, THE LANDING GEAR COLLAPSED, BUT NO OTHER MAJOR DAMAGE WAS INCURRED. SHORTLY AFTER COMING TO REST, THE ACFT BEGAN BURNING & WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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