NTSB Identification: SEA83FA189.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21767.
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 31, 1983 in EVERETT, WA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N6874J
Injuries: 1 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 TREES AND THE GROUND IN AN ATTEMPT TO RETURN TO THE ARPT AFTER TAKEOFF. THE ACFT CRASHED ONE MILESOUTH OF THE ARPT IN IMC WEATHER IN THE EARLY HOURS OF THE MORNING. WITNESSES SAID DENSE FOG EXISTED AT THE TIME WITH ZERO VISIBILITY. THE OFFICIAL WEATHER REPORT WAS TAKEN ABOUT 3 HOURS LATER AND REPORTED AN INDEFINITE CEILING,VISIBILITYZERO IN FOG. THE ACFT IS BELIEVED TO HAVE DEPARTED FROM THE SAME ARPT EARLIER BUT NO DEPARTURE TIME IS KNOWN. THE PLT'S BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS 0.14%.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..UNCONTROLLED..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:

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION

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