NTSB Identification: ATL83FA135.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22029.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 13, 1983 in CHAMBLEE, GA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N2372M
Injuries: 3 Serious,1 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.

THE ACFT OVERRAN THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RWY DURING LANDING ROLLOUT ON A DARK NIGHT. THE WEATHER WAS VMC. THE PILOT MISUNDERSTOOD ATLANTA APPROACH CONTROL CONCERNING RWY LIGHTING AND PICKED A RWY AT THE UNCONTROLLED ARPT THAT WAS UNLIGHTED. IT INTERSECTED A LIGHTED RWY (RWY 02 & 20). THE PLT ATTEMPTED A LANDING ON RWY 16 BEYOND WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS THRESHOLD LIGHTS. HE NEVER SAW RWY NUMBERS. UPON FLARE FOR LANDING HE LOST VISUAL REFERENCE WITH THE RWY ENVIRONMENT. AFTER LANDING HE RETRACTED THE FLAPS BUT DID NOT BRAKE HEAVILY THINKING HE HAD ABOUT 2500 FT IN WHICH TO STOP. WHEN THE END OF THE RWY APPEARED HE WAS UNABLE TO STOP. DEKALB-PEACHTREE ARPT IS CONTROLLED UNTIL 2300 EST AT WHICH TIME THE TOWER FREQUENCY IS REMOTED TO ATLANTA APPROACH CONTROL. RWY 16 WAS UNLIGHTED AND THE VASI WAS FOUND OUT OF SERVICE THE DAY AFTER THE ACCIDENT.

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

WRONG RUNWAY..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..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:

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

GO-AROUND..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

COMMUNICATIONS..MISREAD..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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