NTSB Identification: NYC84LA323.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26730.
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 25, 1984 in HAZLETON, PA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N8859K
Injuries: 3 Minor,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.

ACFT DEPARTED WITH FULL FUEL AND PASSENGER LOAD NEAR MAX GROSS WEIGHT, TOWARD RISING TERRAIN. AFTER REACHING ABOUT 400 FT AGL, PLT FELT ACFT WAS LOSING CLIMB PERFORMANCE, ALTHOUGH NO SIGNS OF POWER DECREASE WERE NOTED. ACFT SEEMED TO BE SETTLING. PLT NOTED TREES AHEAD IN BEAM OF LNDG LIGHTS, CUT POWER AND ALLOWED ACFT TO STALL/MUSH INTO TREES. DENSITY ALTITUDE CALCULATION TO BE 3500 FT.

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

PERFORMANCE DATA..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

COMPLACENCY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

STALL/MUSH..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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