NTSB Identification: ATL82FIJ02
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 10, 1982 in DUNBAR, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/10/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-12, registration: N7583H
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 TOOK OFF EASTBOUND TOWARD MULTIPLE POWER LINES THAT CROSSED THE RIVER. THE AIRCRAFT CLIMBED TO ABOUT 100 FEET AND WAS TURNING LEFT AWAY FROM THE WIRES WHEN IT NOSED OVER AND CRASHED INTO THE RIVER. THE PILOT DID NOT HAVE A SEAPLANE RATING BUT HAD RECENTLY BEEN RECOMMENDED TO TAKE THE SEAPLANE TEST.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,GLASSY

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