NTSB Identification: CHI85FEI01.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27247.
Accident occurred Monday, November 19, 1984 in SANDUSKY, OH
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32R-301T, registration: N8462U
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 COLLIDED WITH TREES AT NIGHT DURING A SHORT FINAL APPROACH TO LAND AND CRASHED TO THE GROUND IN THE BACK YARD OF A PRIVATE RESIDENCE. THE PLT, WHO WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THE ACCIDENT, SAID HE FLEW A NORMAL PATTERN INTO A 15-20 KT WIND WHEN TREE LIMBS APPEARED IN THE LANDING LIGHTS JUST BEFORE THE COLLISION & GRND IMPACT. THE WX WAS VMC WITH 5000 FT SCATTERED CLOUDS, VISIBILITY 15 MILES, WIND350 DEGREES AT 10 KTS. UNICOM REPORTED THE WIND AS OUT OF THE NORTH AT 15 TO 20 KTS. ALL ACFT COMPONENT PARTS WERE FOUND AT THE SCENE EXCEPT FOR SMALL WINGTIP FIBERGLASS PIECES. THE PLT & PASS'G ARE RECOVERING FROM THEIR INJURIES

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

PLANNED APPROACH..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..NOT UNDERSTOOD..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER TOUCHDOWN POINT..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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