NTSB Identification: CHI83FA114.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21260.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 13, 1983 in INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Aircraft: PIPER PA-44-180T, registration: N8278T
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Minor.

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.

DURING AN ILS APCH TO RWY 22R, APCH CONTROL ASKED THE PLT TO KEEP HIS SPEED UP AS MUCH AS PRACTICAL. AT A LATER INTER- VIEW, THE PLT COULD NOT REMEMBER DETAILS OF THE APCH. HE RECALLED PUTTING THE GEAR DOWN AT THE OUTER MARKER (OM) & USING THE AUTOPILOT TO MAINTAIN HIS AZIMUTH ON THE ILS CENTERLINE, BUT MANUALLY CONTROLLING HIS SPEED & RATE OF DESCENT.HE COULD NOT RECALL WHETHER OR NOT HE CAPTURED THE ILS GLIDE SLOPE. HE MONITORED THE RADIO USING HIS HEADSET & ASKED THEPASSENGER (WITH PREVIOUS FLT EXPERIENCE) IN THE RIGHT FRONT SEAT TO MONITOR FOR NO LESS THAN 1000 FT MSL & 80 KTS AIRSPEED. TOWER PERSONNEL REPORTED WHEN HE WAS 1 1/2 MI & 1 MI ON FINAL. THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE SUDDENLY SAW THE RWY AND STARTED DOWN TO LAND. AT ABOUT THAT TIME HE SAW THE RED LIGHTS AT THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RWY & INITIATED A GO- AROUND. SHORTLY AFTER THAT, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES ALONG A FENCE ROW, APRX 25 FT AGL. NO PREIMPACT MALFUNCTION/ FAILURE WAS FOUND. THE PAX COULD NOT HEAR THE RADIO, BUT SAW APPROX 800 FT ON THE ALTIMETER WHEN THE RUNWAY WAS SIGHTED.

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:

PROPER GLIDEPATH..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DECISION HEIGHT..NOT IDENTIFIED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MISSED APPROACH..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER CLIMB RATE..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..OPEN FIELD

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