NTSB Identification: CHI82FA144
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 01, 1982 in BOWLING GREEN, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/01/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N40999
Injuries: 4 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 STARTED HIS TAKEOFF WITH THE AIRCRAFT ABOUT 198 LBS OVER ITS MAXIMUM GROSS WEIGHT LIMIT. THE PLANE WAS OBSERVED TO LIFT OFF NEAR THE DEPARTURE END OF THE RUNWAY, THEN CONTINUE IN A NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE. SOME WITNESSES OBSERVED THE WINGS ROCKING OR WOBBLING AND/OR THE FUSELAGE FISHTAILING. REPORTEDLY, IT GAINED SOME ALTITUDE, THEN SETTLED INTO AN APARTMENT BUILDING. DURING IMPACT, AN EXPLOSION OCCURRED AND THE AIRCRAFT AND BUILDING WERE ENGULFED IN FLAMES. ALL BUT 1 WITNESS REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE SOUNDED NORMAL.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT WEIGHT AND BALANCE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..RESIDENCE

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