NTSB Identification: ATL83FA339.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23743.
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 24, 1983 in LEXINGTON, GA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N2490P
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 PLT WAS ON A CABLE PATROL/AERIAL OBSERVATION MISSION. WHILE PATROLLING, HE MISSED A TURN IN THE CABLE ROUTE & TURN TO RELOCATE IT. AFTER RELOCATING THE ROUTE, HE LOOKED BACK TO OBSERVE A PORTION THAT HE HAD MISSED & SAW A LOGGING OPERATION. THE PLT TURNED AGAIN TO BETTER OBSERVE THE ACTIVITY, THEN STARTED TO REPORT ITS LOCATION BY USING A HAND HELD RADIO. HE THEN DIVERTED HIS ATTENTION TO A SHEET OF PAPER IN THE RIGHT SEAT TO OBTAIN THE PROPER FREQUENCY NUMBER. WHEN HE LOOKED UP, HE SAW A BIG TREE, JUST BEFORE IMPACT. THE LEFT WING OF THE ACFT HIT THE TREE, THEN THE ACFT CRASHED & BURNED. THE ACFT WAS A BACKUP PLANE & DID NOT HAVE PANEL MOUNTED AIR-TO-GROUND RADIOS FOR CABLE PATROL REPORTING.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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