NTSB Identification: LAX83FA185.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20979.
Accident occurred Friday, April 08, 1983 in WEAVERVILLE, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA32-300, registration: N15351
Injuries: 6 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.

THE ACFT WAS BEING FLOWN TO A UNI-DIRECTIONAL ARPT WITH AN INSTRUCTOR PLT (CFI) IN THE RIGHT FRONT SEAT & A STUDENT PLT/PROSPECTIVE BUYER IN THE LEFT FRONT SEAT. THE RWY ELEVATION WAS 2230 FT MSL AT THE SOUTH END & 2350 FT AT THE NORTH END. NORTH OF THE RWY, THE TERRAIN CONTINUED TO RISE & THE APPROACH END OF RWY 18 WAS OBSTRUCTED BY TREES UP TO 100 FT TALL. LANDINGS WERE PROHIBITED ON RWY 18 & ALL NIGHT OPERATIONS WERE PROHIBITED TO TRANSIENT PLTS. ACCORDING TO THE OPERATOR (ACFT), THE CFI SAID HE WAS AWARE OF THE OBSTRUCTIONS & LIMITATIONS & WAS FAMILIAR WITH THE ARPT. A WITNESS OBSERVED THE ACFT TOUCH DOWN AT NIGHT APRX 1/4 OF THE WAY DOWN THE RWY, THEN BOUNCE. THE ACFT DISAPPEARED FROM HIS VIEW, BUT SEVERAL WITNESSES HEARD WHAT THEY DESCRIBED AS APPLICATION OF FULL POWER. DURING A GO-AROUND, THE ACFT HIT THE TOPS OF THE TREES NEAR THE NORTH END OF THE RWY, THEN CRASHED & BURNED. ONE OF THE PASSENGERS WAS A PILOT & WAS A RESIDENT OF WEAVERVILLE, CA.

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:

AIRSPEED..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

GO-AROUND..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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