NTSB Identification: BFO85FA003.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27854.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 27, 1984 in WASHINGTON, DC
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-250, registration: N6235Y
Injuries: 5 Uninjured.

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.

AFTER A HIGH & FAST APCH, ACFT TOUCHED DOWN BEYOND MIDFIELD ON RWY 36 AT DCA. PLT DELAYED INITIATING A GO AROUND UNTIL HE WAS SURE THE ACFT WOULD NOT STOP IN THE RWY REMAINING. ON INITIAL CLIMB THE ACFT STRUCK TWO APCH LIGHTS AT THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RWY, DAMAGING THE LEFT MAIN GEAR WHICH COLLAPSED ON THE ENSUING LANDING. INVESTIGATION DISCLOSED THE ACFT WAS VECTORED TO A 4 MILE RT BASE AT 2500 FT. THE PLT LATER STATED HE CONTINUED THE APCH BECAUSE HE WANTED TO COOPERATE SINCE THE ARPT WAS 'SO BUSY AND IT CAN CAUSE DELAYS FOR AIR CARRIER JETS IF A GENERAL AVIATION PLANE HAS TO GO AROUND.'

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:

GO-AROUND..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

COMPANY-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PROPER GLIDEPATH..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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