NTSB Identification: ATL84FA292.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26914.
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 19, 1984 in LANETT, AL
Aircraft: MOONEY M20J, registration: N201RT
Injuries: 2 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.
COMMUNICATIONS WITH COLUMBUS APCH REVEALED PLT WAS UNFAMILIAR WITH AREA AND HAD DIFFICULITIES FINDING THE ARPT WITNESSES VIEWED ACFT ON FINAL FOR RWY 08 WITH LANDING GEAR EXTENDED. ACFT DESCRIBED AS BEING LOW AND SLOW. WITNESSES STATED ENGINE SOUNDS FLUCTUATED AND ACFT ENTERED A STEEP DESCENT. ACFT IMPACTED A WOODED AREA ABOUT 1/2 MILE WEST OR ARPT. ACFT WRECKAGE WAS CONFINED TO AN AREA APRX 60 FT DIAMETER. BROKEN LIMBS WERE OBSERVED IN TREE APRX 30 FT AGL AND ABOUT 32 FT WEST OF PRINCIPAL IMPACT POINT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
PLANNED APPROACH..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND
ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
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