NTSB Identification: FTW86FA034.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30005.
Accident occurred Monday, January 13, 1986 in DEVILLE, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/25/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N5655U
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 STUDENT PLT HAD PREVIOUSLY FLOWN THIS ACFT IN FLT TRAINING. HOWEVER, THE INSURANCE FOR THE ACFT HAD LAPSED & THE OWNER HAD SECURED THE ACFT TO A TIE-DOWN WITH A CHAIN & PAD LOCK TO PREVENT IT FROM BEING FLOWN. AFTER THE CHAIN WAS CUT WITH A HACK SAW, THE STUDENT FLEW IT ON AN UNAUTHORIZED FLT. DURING THE FLT, HE FLEW OVER & CIRCLED THE HOMES OF SEVERAL DIFFERENT RELATIVES. WHILE THE PLT WAS MAKING A 2ND CIRCLE AROUND THE HOME OF A SISTER, THE LEFT WING OF THE ACFT CONTACTED THE TOP OF A LARGE TREE. THE ACFT THEN CRASHED INTO ANOTHER TREE & LODGED ABOUT 20 FT ABOVE THE GROUND. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND DURING THE INVESTIGATION. THE STUDENT PLT'S ENDORSEMENT FOR SOLO FLT HAD EXPIRED 17 DAYS PRIOR TO THIS FLT. TOXICOLOGY CHECKS SHOWED THAT HIS BLOOD/ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS 162 MG% (0.162%) & HIS URINE/ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS 212 MG% (0.212%).

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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