NTSB Identification: MIA85FA066.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26909.
Accident occurred Thursday, December 27, 1984 in HOMESTEAD, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32R-300, registration: N8920C
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.

WHILE CRUISING NORTHERLY AT A LOW ALTITUDE DURING A DARK NIGHT, THE ACFT STRUCK A ROW OF TREES APPX 50 FT TALL ABOUT 8 FT FROM THE TOPS, IT THEN HIT A LARGE TREE AT ABOUT 6 FT AGL, 670 FT FROM THE INITIAL IMPACT POINT, & CAME TO REST IN A DIRT ROAD. AN EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED NO MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION. THE PASSENGER HAD A BLOOD/ALCOHOL LEVEL OF 0.215%. AN ALCOHOL TEST OF THE PLT'S BLOOD WAS NEGATIVE. NO ONE CLAIMED THE WRECKAGE & NO ID WAS FOUND ON THE OCCUPANTS.

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:

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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