NTSB Identification: MIA83LA056.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20707.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 02, 1983 in NEAR VERO BEACH, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-301R, registration: N35590
Injuries: 2 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.

THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREE TOPS DURING A NIGHT FLIGHT BUT THE PILOT WAS ABLE TO MAINTAIN CONTROL AND LAND AT A NEARBY AIRPORT. ACCORDING TO THE PILOT HE WAS ON APPROACH TO FORT PIERCE AIRPORT WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. HOWEVER ACCORDING TO SOME WITNESSES WHO WERE FISHING, A DARKENED ACFT CAME OVER THEIR POSITION IN A REMOTE AREA ABOUT 13 MILES WEST OF VERO BEACH AND CLIPPED THE TOPS OF CYPRESS TREES. CYPRESS TREE DEBRIS WAS FOUND IN THE WING OF THE DAMAGED ACFT. THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO STATE THE RUNWAY HE WAS USING AT FT. PIERCE WHEN QUESTIONED LATER.

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:

BUZZING..PERFORMED..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..DUSK


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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