NTSB Identification: SEA85FA028.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26416.
Accident occurred Sunday, December 09, 1984 in GIG HARBOR, WA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-44-180, registration: N2104D
Injuries: 1 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.

THE PLT DEPARTED IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS FROM SALEM, OR, DESTINED FOR GIG HARBOR. UPON ARRIVAL IN THE DESTINATION AREA THE PLT WAS IN RADIO CONTACT WITH SEATTLE APCON. THE PLT REPORTED HE WAS UNABLE TO AQUIRE VISUAL CONTACT WITH THE ARPT. VECTORS WERE PROVIDED BY CONTROLLERS. RADAR INFO OBTAINED DURING THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE ACFT WAS IN A CONSISTENT DESCENT WITH THE LOWEST ALT READING BEING 300 FT MSL. THE LAST RADAR TARGET RECEIVED SHOWED THE ACFT WITHIN 1000 FT OF THE HIGH VOLTAGE TRANSMISSION LINE AT 600 FT. THE WEATHER WAS DESCRIBED AS BEING FOGGY NEAR THE ACCIDENT SITE AREA. THE PLT WAS NOT INSTRUMENT RATED.

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT



Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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