NTSB Identification: FTW82FQA24
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 06, 1982 in LAKE ARTHUR, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/06/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22, registration: N1489A
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 AND ONE PASSENGER WERE ON A FLIGHT TO PICK UP SPARE PARTS. THE PASSENGER RECALLED THAT WHILE EN ROUTE, THE PILOT REMARKED, "OH, I CAN'T RESIST" AND STARTED TO DESCEND, THEN MADE A PASS AT ABOUT 50 FT OVER A FIELD HAND. THE FIELD HAND, A MEXICAN NATIONAL, REPORTED THAT THE PLANE MADE TWO PASSES OVER HIM AND HE JUMPED INTO A DITCH FOR FEAR OF BEING STRUCK. AFTER THE SECOND PASS, THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK LEVEL GROUND WHILE IN A RELATIVELY LEVEL FLIGHT ATTITUDE. THE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN CONVERTED/EQUIPPED WITH CONVENTIONAL GEAR (FIXED TAILWHEEL) ON 1/2/82.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

BUZZING..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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