NTSB Identification: CHI85FA020.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26526.
Accident occurred Friday, October 19, 1984 in BRUCE, WI
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-300, registration: N2898D
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.

THE ACFT CRASHED INTO A HEAVILY WOODED AREA DURING A X-COUNTRY PERSONAL FLIGHT. WITNESSES OBSERVED THE ACFT CIRCLE THE LIGHTED FOOTBALL FIELD AT ATLANTA, WI, AT AN ALTITUDE LOW ENOUGH THAT THEY FEARED THE ACFT WOULD HIT TREES IN THE VICINITY. AT THIS TIME THE WX CONDITIONS AT ATLANTA WERE: LOW OVERCAST, RAINY, GUSTY WINDS. WITNESSES WATCHED THE ACFT DEPART THE AREA TOWARD HIGHER GROUND AND HEARD AN EXPLOSION. INVESTIGATION DID NOT REVEAL PRE- IMPACT FAILURE OF THE ACFT AND AUTOPSY AND TOXICOLOGY TEST DID NOT REVEAL ANY MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS OR EVIDENCE OF DRUGS OR ALCOHOL.

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS

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