NTSB Identification: ATL84MA063.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23361.
Accident occurred Monday, December 12, 1983 in LAWRENCEBURG, TN
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-200T, registration: N66MZ
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

NTSB investigators traveled in support of this investigation and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

DURING THE DESCENT AT LAWRENCEBURG THE ACFT WENT INTO CLOUDS AT 3500 FT. AT 1709 THE ACFT WAS CLEARED FOR AN NDB APPROACH. MINIMUM ALT FOR THE APPROACH IS 1560 FT. FIELD ELEVATION IS 936 FT. THE ACFT WAS BEING TRACKED ON RADAR AND THE LAST CONTACT WAS ABOUT WHERE THE PROCEDURE TURN WOULD BE. THERE WAS NO RADIO TRANSMISSION FROM THE ACFT TO INDICATE ANY TROUBLE. THE ACFT STRUCK THE GROUND ABOUT 10 NM NORTH OF THE ARPT IN A NEAR VERTICAL DESCENT WITH APPARENT ROTATION TO THE LEFT. ALL THE WRECKAGE WAS IN A 60 FT CIRCLE. A REPORTER/PLT HAD HEARD ABOUT THE ACCIDENT AT 1745 AND FLEW TO LAWRENCEBURG. HE MADE THE NDB APPROACH AND NOT BEING VFR AT MDA, HE EXECUTED A MISSED APPROACH AND WENT TO MAURY COUNTY ABOUT 20NM NORTH AND LANDED. THE LAWRENCEBURG NDB WAS FLT CHECKED ON 12/14 AND FOUND TO BE SATISFACTORY.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..BELOW APPROACH/LANDING MINIMUMS

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