NTSB Identification: FTW84FA028.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23808.
Accident occurred Thursday, October 20, 1983 in PATTERSON, LA
Aircraft: MITSUBISHI MU-2B, registration: N444PA
Injuries: 3 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.

WHILE DESCENDING INTO THE PATTERSON AREA ON AN IFR FLT PLAN, THE PLT WAS CLEARED TO HOLD & WAS ADVISED THAT HE WOULD BE THE #2 ACFT FOR AN APPROACH TO THE PATTERSON ARPT. A FEW WINUTES LATER THE PLT ASKED HOW LONG THE DELAY WOULD BE. HE SUBSEQUENTLY STATED HE HAD THE ARPT, CANCELLED IFR & WAS GOING IN VFR. A PLT WHO HAD JUST DEPARTED THE ARPT HEARD A MITSUBISHI CALL 'TURNING BASE.' HE COULD NOT SEE AN ACFT ON BASE FOR RWY 5. HE CALLED BUT DID NOT RECEIVE A REPLY. THE ACFT CONTACTED TREES ALONG A HEADING OF ABOUT 225 DEG. THE FLAPS WERE EXTENDED ABOUT 5 DEG & THE LANDING GEAR WERE EXTENDED.

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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