NTSB Identification: FTW83LA153.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21525.
Accident occurred Monday, March 14, 1983 in ATHENS, LA
Aircraft: Beech 23, registration: N2389Q
Injuries: 2 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.

JUST PRIOR TO THE FLT, A MECHANIC PERFORMED SOME MINOR UPKEEP FUNCTIONS ON THE ACFT & KNEW OF NO MECHANICAL PROBLEMS. HE WAS UNAWARE THAT THE OWNER WAS NOT A RATED PLT. THE MECHANIC ACCOMPANIED THE OWNER ON A LOCAL FLT. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT CRASHED ON THE OWNER'S 3RD ATTEMPT TO LAND. THE 1ST PASS WAS HIGH & THE OWNER INITIATED A GO-AROUND. AFTER THE 2ND APCH, THE ACFT LANDED HARD & BOUNCED, AND THE OWNER MADE A 2ND GO-AROUND. THE MECHANIC REPORTED THAT ON THE 3RD APCH, THE ACFT WAS LOW & SLOW. THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH A TREE APRX 200 FT FROM THE RWY & CRASHED. AT SHREVEPORT, LA, THE WIND WAS FROM 170 DEG AT 8 KTS. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE OWNER OF THE ACFT HAD APPLIED FOR A COMBINATION STUDENT PLT LICENSE & CLASS III MEDICAL CERTIFICATE ON 4/5/78. HOWEVER, ON THE SAME DATE, HE FAILED TO PASS THE MEDICAL EXAM DUE TO A DIABETIC CONDITION. THEREFORE, HIS STUDENT PILOT CERTIFICATE WAS NEVER VALIDATED.

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

DISTANCE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

QUALIFICATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

IMPROPER TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND


Contributing Factors

WRONG RUNWAY..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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