NTSB Identification: CHI83FA123.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21313.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 27, 1983 in BELOIT, WI
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N5769F
Injuries: 1 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.

REPORTEDLY, THE PLT HAD NOT FLOWN FOR 2 OR 3 MONTHS BEFORE HIS FLTS ON 2/27/83. ON THAT DAY, HE TOOK OFF & MADE 5 TOUCH-AND-GO LANDINGS, THEN STOPPED FOR A CUP OF COFFEE. THE PLT THEN DEPARTED AGAIN ON A 2ND FLT. APRX 1/2 HR LATER, SMOKE WAS OBSERVED FROM THE ACCIDENT SITE. NO CALLS WERE MADE BY THE PLT ON THE UNICOM FREQUENCY PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. AN EXAM OF THE ACCIDENT SITE REVEALED THAT THE ACFT HAD COLLIDED WITH THE BRANCHES OF 2 TREES ALONG A ROADWAY APRX 3400 FT SHORT OF THE RWY. THE ROADWAY WAS NEARLY ALIGNED WITH THE CENTERLINE OF THE RWY. SLASH MARKS WERE FOUND ON THE TREE LIMBS THAT WERE INDICATIVE OF PROPELLER SLASHES. THERE WERE NO LEAVES ON THE TREES. AIRPORT PERSONNEL REPORTED THAT ON PREVIOUS OCCASIONS, PILOTS HAD MISTAKEN THE ROADWAY FOR THE ARPT RWY.

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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