NTSB Identification: NYC84FA314.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29243.
Accident occurred Sunday, September 16, 1984 in LINDEN, NJ
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32R-300, registration: N478KT
Injuries: 6 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.

ACFT COLLIDED WITH UTILITY POLE DURING A NIGHT VISUAL LNDG. THE POLE IS LOCATED ABOUT 583' FROM THE RWY THRESHOLD AND IS 58' HIGH. THE POLE WAS UNMARKED. THE PLT MADE 1 PREVIOUS NIGHT LNDG. AT THE ARPT AND 5 TOTAL LNDGS AT THE ARPT. THE INVESTIGATION DID NOT DISCLOSE EVIDENCE OF MALFUNCTION TO THE ACFT. THERE WAS NO PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT OR INCAPACITATION OF THE PLT. THE ELT WAS DEFECTIVE AND DID NOT ACTIVATE. A SEARCH WAS CONDUCTED ABOUT 1.5 HR AFTER THE ACCIDENT AND THE ACFT WAS FOUND ON THE ARPT ABOUT 30 MINS LATER.

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

PROPER GLIDEPATH..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..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

OBJECT..UTILITY POLE

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