NTSB Identification: MKC83FA098.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20516.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 30, 1983 in STOVER, MO
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-200T, registration: N1091X
Injuries: 4 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 CRASHED INTO A WOODED AREA IN A HIGH SPEED DESCENT ON A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT. THE PILOT HAD TELEPHONED THE ST. LOUIS FSS ON 04/30/83 AND REQUESTED KANSAS CITY WEATHER. THE WEATHER BRIEFER ADVISED THE PILOT THAT THE AREA WAS IN A TORNADO WATCH. THE PILOT ACKNOWLEGED AND WAS GIVEN THE BRIEFING HE REQUESTED. THE PILOT DID NOT FILE A FLT PLAN OR MAKE ANY RADIO CALLS. THE FLT WAS MONITORED ON RADAR AND SEEN TO DISAPPEAR AT 2033 CDT. WHEN HE WAS REPORTED MISSING HISPOSITION WAS PLOTTED FROM THIS LAST KNOWN POSITION AND THIS IS WHERE HE WAS FOUND ON 05/03/83 BY CAP. THE WEATHER MAP INDICATES HE WAS IN A THUNDERSTORM AREA AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH. THE PILOT WHO WAS NOT INSTRUMENT RATED AND HIS 3 PASSENGERS WERE FATALLY INJURED.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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