NTSB Identification: MKC83FA127.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23378.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 12, 1983 in NEWTON, IA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-260, registration: N5509V
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 NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PLT TOOK OFF ON A X-COUNTRY FLT AT NIGHT. WHEN ADVISED OF WX ALONG HIS ROUTE, HE REQUESTED & RECIEVED RADAR ADVISORIES. A SHORT TIME LATER, HE REPORTED THAT HE WAS IN A STORM. FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES, THE RADAR CONTROLLER WAS COMMUNICATING WITH THE PLT WHILE PROVIDING ASSISTANCE. DURING THAT TIME, THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE WAS IN TERRIBLE WX CONDITIONS & HAD ENCOUNTERED BAD TURBULENCE. THE PASSENGER THEN BEGAN TO TALK ON THE RADIO FOR THE PLT. HE REPORTED THAT THEY WERE 'IN TROUBLE, IN BIG TROUBLE' & THAT THEY WERE TRYING TO FLY STRAIGHT & LEVEL. THE PASSENGER'S LAST TRANSMISSION WAS: 'WE'RE 2000 GOING UP & DOWN, WE'RE GOING DOWN.' A FARMER WAS AWAKEN BY THE ACFT CIRCLING HIS HOUSE. HE HEARD THE ACFT CLIMBING & DIVING BEFORE IT CRASHED. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT IMPACTED RISING GROUND IN AN AREA OF ROLLING TERRAIN. THE WITNESS SAID THE WIND WAS BLOWING & RAIN WAS FALLING. NO PREIMPACT MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE OF THE ACFT WAS FOUND.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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