NTSB Identification: ATL82FA155
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 05, 1982 in SNOW HILL, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/05/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-30, registration: N8193Y
Injuries: 2 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 PILOT/OWNER AND ANOTHER OCCUPANT WITH A COMMERCIAL CERTIFICATE AND AN INSTRUMENT RATING TOOK OFF ON A IFR FLIGHT PLAN. THE WEATHER AT THE DEPARTURE POINT AND DESTINATION WAS CHARACTERIZED BY LOW CEILINGS AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN FOG AND RAIN. REPORTEDLY, THE PILOT HAD TROUBLE COMPLYING WITH ATC CLEARANCES AND DIRECTIONS. DURING ARRIVAL, THE PILOT APPROACHED THE OUTER MARKER FOR AN ILS IN SUCH A MANNER THAT REQUIRED A PROCEDURE TURN. AFTER REPORTING OUTBOUND FROM THE OUTER MARKER, THE PILOT WAS INSTRUCTED (BY APPROACH CONTROL) TO CONTACT SALISBURY RADIO ON ANOTHER FREQUENCY. SHORTLY AFTER THAT, RADIO AND RADAR CONTACT WERE LOST. THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED ABOUT 6 MI SOUTHEAST OF THE AIRPORT WHILE IN A NOSE LOW LEFT BANK. NO PREIMPACT FAILURES WERE FOUND DURING AN EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE.

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF RECENT INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN

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