NTSB Identification: CHI85LA046.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26950.
Accident occurred Sunday, November 11, 1984 in BLOOMINGTON, IN
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32RT-300T, registration: N22267
Injuries: 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.

PLT STATED THAT WHILE IN CRUISE FLT, THE ACFT NOSE PITCHED DOWN ABRUPTLY. PLT DISENGAGED THE AUTOPILOT AND NOTED VACUUM SYSTEM WAS INOPERATIVE. FLT CONTINUED ON MANUAL CONTROL WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT UNTIL LATE FINAL APPROACH AT DESTINATION. WHEN FLAPS WERE LOWERED, NOSE AGAIN PITCHED DOWN AND LEFT WING CONTACTED AN APPROACH LIGHT. PLT REGAINED CONTROL AND LANDED SUCCESSFULLY. AFTER THE LNDG IT WAS NOTICED THE AUTOPILOT SWITCH WAS ENGAGED. VACUUM PUMP FAILURE DUE TO NORMAL WEAR.

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

ENGINE ACCESSORIES,VACUUM PUMP..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

AUTOPILOT..INADVERTENT USE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DESCENT..INADVERTENT



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..APPROACH LIGHT/NAVAID

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