NTSB Identification: FTW83LA390.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23349.
Accident occurred Monday, August 29, 1983 in BUFFALO, OK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N9762W
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 ACFT HIT THE GROUND WHILE TRYING TO STAY VFR UNDER LOW CEILINGS AT NIGHT. THE STUDENT PLT WAS RETURNING FROM A X-COUNTRY, FOR WHICH HE HAD NO BRIEFING ON THE WEATHER, WHEN THE WEATHER BECAME WORSE. THE STUDENT PLT CIRCUMNAVIGATED SOME OF THE THUNDERSTORMS BUT CONTINUED TO FLY LOWER. HE SAID A DOWNDRAFT FORCED HIM INTO THE GROUND IN A WHEATFIELD. THE ACFT CARTWHEELED AND WAS DESTROYED. THE PLT CRAWLED OVER A MILE FROM THE WRECKAGE WHERE HE WAS FOUND SERIOUSLY INJURED 3 DAYS LATER.

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


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