NTSB Identification: ATL83LA214.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21124.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 05, 1983 in WESTMINSTER, MD
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N16402
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT STATED THAT HE INTENDED TO FLY TO A 1600 FT PRIVATE STRIP WITH TREES ON BOTH ENDS. DURING THE APPROACH, HE HAD PLANNED TO MAKE A FULL STOP LANDING. HOWEVER, AFTER TOUCHDOWN, HE DECIDED TO MAKE IT A TOUCH-AND-GO LANDING. AFTER LIFT-OFF, HE FELT THE ACFT WAS NOT CLIMBING AS IT SHOULD. REPORTEDLY, THE ACFT CLEARED 1 ROW OF TREES, BUT THE PLT DID NOT THINK HE COULD CLEAR THE NEXT LINE OF TREES THAT HE WAS APPROACHING. THEREFORE HE LANDED IN A FARM FIELD. THE PLT REPORTED THAT DUE TO THE TERRAIN, THE NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED. A TEARDOWN OF THE ENGINE REVEALED NO INDICATION OF A MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE PRIOR TO THE CRASH LANDING.

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

GO-AROUND..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


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PROPER GLIDEPATH..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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AIRSPEED..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND


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PROPER CLIMB RATE..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND


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ABORTED TAKEOFF..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR..OVERLOAD

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