NTSB Identification: SEA84FA139.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24703.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 21, 1984 in BURLEY, WA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N6950J
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 NON-RATED PLT WAS EMPLOYED AS AN ACFT CLEANER & HAD ACCESS TO THE IGNITION KEYS OF SEVERAL ACFT, INCLUDING N6950J. EARLIER DURING THE EVENING, HE WAS SEEN CONSUMING BEER. AT ABOUT 0024 PDT, HE TOOK OFF FROM RWY 18. ABOUT 1 MIN LATER, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES & CRASHED APRX 1/2 MI SOUTHEAST OF THE ARPT. THERE WERE LOW CEILINGS & REDUCED VISIBILITY WITH FOG AT THAT TIME. AN EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF A PREIMPACT MECHANICAL PROBLEM. A TOXICOLOGICAL CHECK OF THE PLT'S BLOOD REVEALED AN ALCOHOL LEVEL OF 0.104%. THE PLT HAD NO AUTHORIZATION TO FLY THE PLANE.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..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

STOLEN AIRCRAFT/UNAUTHORIZED USE..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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