NTSB Identification: ATL83FA211.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22018.
Accident occurred Friday, June 03, 1983 in LEXINGTON, NC
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N7571R
Injuries: 1 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 CRASHED SHORT OF THE APPROACH END OF THE INTENDED LANDING RWY. THE WEATHER WAS VMC. THE LANDING RWY WAS 26 AND THE PILOT SAID HE REALIZED HE WAS LOW ON THE FINAL APPROACH. DURING THE APPROACH THE ACFT WAS BLOWN OFF THE APPROACH PATH. ALTHOUGH THE PILOT ADDED POWER AND RE-ALIGNED THE ACFT WITH THE RWY IT STRUCK TREES AND CAME TO REST 300 FT SHORT OF THE DISPLACED RWY THRESHOLD. POST ACCIDENT EXAMINATION OF THE ENGINE DISCLOSED NO EVIDENCE OF PRE-IMPACT MALFUNCTION THE WIND WAS REPORTED TO BE 13 KTS GUSTING TO 18 KTS FROM 210 DEGREES AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.

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

PROPER GLIDEPATH..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

THROTTLE/POWER CONTROL..IMPROPER USE OF..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:

STALL/MUSH..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT

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