NTSB Identification: CHI83FA156.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23194.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 31, 1983 in MILTONA, MN
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-300, registration: N4186R
Injuries: 3 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.

PRIOR TO SEPARTING, THE PLT WAS ADVISED OF LOW CEILINGS & POOR VISIBILITY OVER THE ENTIRE PROPOSED ROUTE & WAS ADVISED THAT VFR FLT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED. IN A DISCUSSION WITH PERSONS AT FERGUS FALLS, MN, HE STATED THAT HE WAS GOING TO FOLLOW THE HIGHWAY. ABOUT 20 TO 25 MIN AFTER DEPARTING FERGUS FALLS, THE ACFT CRASHED IN A BARNYARD ON LEVEL TERRAIN. A WITNESS STATED THAT BEFORE THE PLANE CRASHED, THE ENG SOUNDED LIKE THE ACFT WAS PERFORMING DIVES & STALLS & THAT THE 'POWER WOULD INCREASE AND THEN SLOW DOWN.' HE THEN SAW THE ACFT COME OUT OF THE OVERCAST AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED IN ABOUT A 45 DEG NOSE DOWN, 70 TO 80 DEG RIGHT WING LOW ATTITUDE. HE ESTIMATED THAT HE SAW THE ACFT ABOUT 2 SECONDS FROM THE TIME IT CAME OUT OF THE CLOUDS UNTIL IT IMPACTED THE GROUND. NO PREIMPACT, MECHANICAL PART MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE WAS FOUND.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION

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