NTSB Identification: MKC85FA007.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26122.
Accident occurred Friday, October 12, 1984 in BEELER, KS
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N8366C
Injuries: 3 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.

AT 1805 CDT THE PILOT RECEIVED A WX BRIEF FOR THE FIRST LEG OF WHAT WAS INTENDED TO BE A ROUND TRIP FLIGHT. NO WX BRIEFING WAS OBTAINED FOR THE RETURN TRIP. DESPITE VMC AT THE NEAREST OBSERVATION FACILITY, WITNESSES REPORTED HAZE AND LOW CLOUDS AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT'S LOG INDICATED NO NIGHT TIME IN THE PRECEDING 6 MONTHS. EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED FLAPS EXTENDED ABOUT 25 DEGREES AND THE LDG LIGHT SWITCH 'ON'.

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

LEVEL OFF..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DESCENT..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE




Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT

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