NTSB Identification: CHI83FA267.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22589.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 19, 1983 in CAMBRIDGE, OH
Aircraft: PIPER PA28-161, registration: N2405U
Injuries: 2 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 COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND DURING A NIGHT FLT AFTER THE PLT ENCOUNTERED WEATHER ACCORDING TO THE RADIO TRANSMISSIONS TO CLEVELAND CENTER. HIS STATEMENTS WERE 'WHAT HAVE YOU GOT ME INTO' AND 'WHAT ARE WE INTO HERE' WHEN ASKED BY CLEVELAND IF HE WAS INTO WEATHER THE PLT REPLIED 'I BELIEVE.' THIS WAS HIS LAST TRANSMISSION. WITNESSES IN THE AREA SAW AND HEARD HIM CIRCLING AND CLIMBING AND DIVING OUT OF CLOUDS. SOME THOUGHT HE WAS 'STUNTING' THE PLT WAS INSTRUMENT RATED BUT DID NOT HAVE VERY MUCH ACTUAL INSTRUMENT EXPERIENCE (ABOUT 6 HRS TOTAL TIME). THE ACFT IMPACTED THEGROUND IN A 38 DEGREE DESCENT ANGLE IN A 35 DEGREE RIGHT BANK. BOTH OCCUPANTS WERE THROWN OUT AND FATALLY INJURED. ENG SOUNDS WERE HEARD UNTIL IMPACT.

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

STALL..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..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:

IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE

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