NTSB Identification: MIA83LA084.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20531.
Accident occurred Monday, February 28, 1983 in CROSS CITY, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32R, registration: N3898F
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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 TREES DURING A NIGHT LANDING ON A LONELY STRETCH OF COUNTRY ROAD. THE LANDING WAS AN ATTEMPT TO UNLOAD 662 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA IN AN ILLEGAL DRUG OPERATION.A PASSENGER WAS FATALLY INJURED AND THE INJURED PILOT WAS FOUND LATER IN THE LOCAL HOSPITAL.

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:

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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