NTSB Identification: ATL84LA070.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23478.
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 20, 1983 in WAVERLY, KY
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N2767M
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

ABOUT 8 MI FROM HIS DESTINATION THE PLT ENCOUNTERED FREEZING RAIN. HE DECIDED TO RETRIEVE A FLASHLIGHT FROM HIS BRIEFCASE IN THE BACK SEAT TO USE IN CHECKING FOR ICE ON THE WINGS & IN CONSULTING HIS CHARTS. WHILE LEANING OVER THE BACK SEAT, THE PLT LOST HIS GLASSES & WAS UNABLE TO FIND THEM. HE STATED THAT WITHOUT HIS GLASSES, HE WAS UNABLE TO PROPERLY DISTINGUISH HIS INSTRUMENTS & AVIONICS. HE WAS AWARE OF SEVERAL RADIO TOWERS EXTENDING 800 FT AGL BETWEEN HIS LOCATION & HIS DESTINATION. HOWEVER, HE WOULD LOSE VISUAL CONTACT WITH THE GROUND ABOVE 500 FT AGL. THE PLT ELECTED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING ON A ROAD & DURING ROLLOUT THE ACFT'S LEFT WING STRUCK A FENCE & THE ACFT SLID TO A STOP INA DITCH.

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..FENCE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH

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