NTSB Identification: LAX82FA294
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, August 08, 1982 in CORCORAN, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/08/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N47489
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 ACFT CRASHED APPROXIMATELY 25 MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF. THERE WERE NO WITNESSES TO THE ACCIDENT. THE CRASH SITE WAS A PLOWED & CULTIVATED SEED ALFALFA FARM LAND. GROUND SCARS REVEAL THAT THE ACFT STRUCK THE GROUND IN A LEVEL FLIGHT ATTITUDE, ALL WHEELS SIMULTANEOUSLY. THE FLAPS WERE FULLY EXTENDED. THE PLT'S BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS 335 MG% WITH PUTREFACTION EVIDENT. THE PASSENGER'S BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS 138 MG% WITH NO EVIDENCE OF PUTREFACTION.

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LEVEL OFF..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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