NTSB Identification: ATL83FKJ02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20307.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 08, 1983 in ELBA, AL
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8E, registration: N1860K
Injuries: 1 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 PLT HAD RECEIVED A WX BRIEFING APRX 4 HRS BEFORE DEPARTURE. HE STATED THAT ON ARRIVAL, THE ARPT BEACON LIGHT WAS NOT ON & PATCHES OF GROUND FOG WERE IN THE AREA. DURING THE ARRIVAL, HE APPROACHED FROM THE SOUTH, FLEW NORTH OVER THE ARPT, CIRCLED TO THE SOUTHWEST, THEN TURNED ON A SHORT FINAL FOR RWY 01. HE STATED THAT DURING THE TURN TO FINAL, HE NOTICED THAT THE LIGHTS TO A CONVENIENCE STORE NEAR THE NORTH END OF THE RWY WERE NOT ON, AND THOUGHT THIS WAS ODD, SINCE HE WAS TO MEET SOMEONE THERE AT 0500. AT ABOUT THE TIME HE LEVELED HIS WINGS ON FINAL APPROACH, THE RIGHT WING OF THE ACFT STRUCK A TALL TREE. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT CRASHED IN A WOODED AREA & CAME TO REST APRX 100 YDS FROM THE RWY.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND
LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT
DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND
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