NTSB Identification: ATL84FA187.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26413.
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 29, 1984 in CHARLOTTE, NC
Aircraft: PIPER PA-30, registration: N7217Y
Injuries: 1 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 DEPARTED RWY 18L AND SHORTLY THEREAFTER REPORTED TO THE TOWER THAT HE HAD A STUCK TRIM. THE PLT WAS CLEARED TO LAND ON RWY 18R. WITNESSES OBSERVED THE ACFT DESCEND RAPIDLY ON DOWNWIND TO APPROX 300 TO 500 FT AGL AND MAKE A STEEP (90 TO 120 DEGREE) RIGHT BANK TURN. THE NOSE OF THE ACFT CAME UP TO THE HORIZON AFTER THE TURN, JUST PRIOR TO GND IMPACT. THE PURPOSE OF THE FLT WAS TO REPOSITION THE ACFT FOR BANK COURIER FLIGHTS. EXAM OF THE TRIM SYSTEM REVEALED DISCONNECTED AND DETERIORATED WIRING AND OTHER ELECTRIC MECHANICAL PROBLEMS. THE MANUAL TRIM HANDLE WAS FOUND SEPARATED FROM ITS PROPER MOUNT POSITION.

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:

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLT CONTROL SYST,STABILATOR TRIM..DISCONNECTED


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,ELECTRIC WIRING..DETERIORATED




Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE,100-HOUR INSPECTION..INADEQUATE..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

STABILATOR TRIM..NOT CORRECTED..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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