NTSB Identification: ATL82FA196
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 15, 1982 in ROSWELL, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/15/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N6868P
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.

ABOUT 12 MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF THE PLT REPORTED "...ALTERNATOR OR GENERATOR TROUBLE" & REQUESTED TO RETURN TO THE ARPT. HE LATER REPORTED THAT HE WAS HAVING RADIO PROBLEMS. THE PLT WAS VECTORED TO INTERCEPT THE ILS RWY 20L APCH COURSE. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED ABOUT 1 MI WEST OF THE CHAMB OUTER MARKER. THE PLT DID NOT DECLARE AN EMERGENCY. STORED RADAR INFORMATION SHOWED RECEIVING TRANSPONDER INFORMATION UNTIL THE FIRST COAST TARGET. DISASSEMBLY OF THE GYRO HORIZON & DIRECTIONAL GYRO REVEALED HEAVY ROTATIONAL DAMAGE. WHEN THE PLT DEPARTED THE WX WAS 300 FT OVERCAST WITH 3 MI IN FOG & HAZE. THE PLT WAS NOT ADVISED OF THE LATEST REPORTED WX. THE PLT NOTED ONLY 4 INSTRUMENT APPROACHES IN HIS LOG BOOK IN 1982, ALL ON 3/8/82 DURING AN IFR RECURRENCY TRAINING FLT. THE CFI LATER REPORTED THAT HE DID NOT FEEL THAT THE PLT WAS SUFFICIENTLY COMPETENT ON THAT FLT TO BE ENDORSED FOR AN INSTRUMENT COMPETENCY CHECK. THE PLT WAS RUSTY ON INSTRUMENTS & HAD DIFFICULTY ON THE INSTRUMENT APPROACHES.

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

IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DECISION HEIGHT..BELOW..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM..UNDETERMINED


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

CONTROL TOWER SERVICE..INADEQUATE..ATC PERSONNEL(DEP/APCH)


Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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