NTSB Identification: MKC82FCJ02
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 24, 1982 in DAVENPORT, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/24/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N32329
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.
AT 1242 CST, THE PILOT RECEIVED A WEATHER BRIEFING INCLUDING A FORECAST OF MARGINAL VFR CONDITIONS AT THE DESTINATION. BETWEEN 1649 AND 1848 CST, THERE WERE THREE WEATHER REPORTS FROM THE DESTINATION OF CEILINGS BETWEEN 300 AND 500 FT, VISIBILITIES BETWEEN ONE AND TWO MILES WITH RAIN AND/OR SNOW. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE THAT THE PILOT REQUESTED OR RECEIVED ANY WEATHER REPORTS WHILE EN ROUTE. PERSONNEL IN THE AREA OF THE ACCIDENT STATED IT WAS SNOWING, SLEETING, AND RAINING ON THE NIGHT OF THE ACCIDENT. THE PLANE WAS FOUND THE NEXT DAY ABOUT 50 MILES FROM THE DESTINATION, IN AN UPRIGHT POSITION ABOUT 50 FT FROM THE IMPACT POINT ON LEVEL, PLOWED GROUND. THE AIRSPEED INDICATORWAS FOUND STUCK AT 70 KNOTS.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND
WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING
TERRAIN CONDITION..OPEN FIELD
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