NTSB Identification: NYC83FA049.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20296.
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 05, 1983 in ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
Aircraft: PIPER PA-30, registration: N7619Y
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.

THE PLT HAD LANDED AT ATLANTIC CITY, NJ AT APRX 1545 WHILE EN ROUTE TO OXFORD, CT. BEFORE TAKING OFF, HE CONTACTED TWO FSS'S AND BOTH ADVISED THAT VFR FLT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED. THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PLT TOOK OFF AT APRX 1920 LOCAL TIME WITH NO FLT PLAN. AT 2102, HE CONTACTED ATLANTIC CITY APCH CONTROL. HE REPORTED THAT HE WAS ON A VFR FLT AT 1500 FT, HAD ENCOUNTERED IMC, AND REQUESTED ASSISTANCE TO LAND AT ATLANTIC CITY. THE PLT WAS ADVISED THAT IFR WX CONDITIONS PREVAILED AT ATLANTIC CITY, THEN THE ACFT WAS RADAR IDENTIFIED APRX 3 MI EAST OF THE ARPT. SHORTLY AFTER THAT, THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE HAD THE ARPT LIGHTS IN SIGHT AND WOULD CIRCLE TO LAND. HOWEVER, HE SUBSEQUENTLY STATED HE HAD LOST THE LIGHTS. THE PLT WAS THEN ADVISED THAT A SEARCH FOR VFR WX WAS BEING CONDUCTED, TO WHICH HE ACKNOWLEDGED. AT 2210, RADIO CONTACT WAS LOST WHEN THE ACFT CRASHED ON ARPT PROPERTY. THE WRECKAGE WAS LOCATED IN A WOODEN AREA APRX 2000 FT WEST OF THE APCH END OF RWY 13. INITIAL IMPACT WAS WITH A TREE WHILE ON A NORTHERLY HEADING.

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:

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..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

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

IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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