NTSB Identification: NYC85FA019.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29316.
Accident occurred Friday, November 02, 1984 in BEVERLY, MA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N9930W
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.

DURING AN APPROACH TO LAND AT NIGHT, THE ACFT CRASHED & BURNED ABOUT 3000 FT FROM THE APPROACH END OF THE RWY. THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PLT HAD BEEN IN CONTACT WITH APPROACH CONTROL. HE INDICATED THAT IFR CONDITIONS EXISTED OVER THE ARPT & THAT HE WAS GOING TO LAND. AN EXAM OF THE CRASH SITE REVEALED EVIDENCE THAT THE ACFT HAD CRASHED IN A LEFT WING LOW ATTITUDE. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND THAT WOULD HAVE RESULTED IN THE ACCIDENT. A BLOOD TEST BY THE STATE MEDICAL EXAMINERS OFFICE SHOWED THAT THE PLT HAD A BLOOD/ALCOHOL LEVEL OF 0.23%.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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