NTSB Identification: ATL83LA113.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23129.
Accident occurred Saturday, February 19, 1983 in STAFFORD, VA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22-150, registration: N3750P
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 A DITCH DURING A FORCED LANDING. THE PLT WAS CRUISING AT 3000 FT MSL WHEN HE HEARD A 'LOUD POP'. THE ENGINE STARTED RUNNING ROUGH AND MISSING. THE PLT SHUT THE ENGINE DOWN BY PULLING THE MIXTURE CONTROL AND THROTTLE. WHEN HE SHUT DOWN THE ENGINE HE BEGAN TO LOOK FOR A PLACE TO LAND. HE WANTED I-95 BUT IT WAS CROWDED WITH TRAFFIC. A FIELD WAS PICKED BUT THE DITCH WAS NOT SEEN UNTIL TOO LATE TO AVOID IT.

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH


Contributing Factors

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,CYLINDER..INCORRECT

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