NTSB Identification: ATL83AA029
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Friday, November 12, 1982 in BREVARD, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/12/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31-350, registration: N59771
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

AFTER A MISSED APPROACH AT ASHEVILLE THE FLT WAS CLEARED TO THE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG ARPT AT GREER,SC. ENROUTE TO GREER RADAR CONTACT WAS LOST. IN RESPONSE TO A QUERY FROM ATLANTA ARTCC THE PLT VERIFIED HIS POSITION AS BEING ON THE 235 DEG RADIAL OF SPARTANBURG VOR & 11.9 MI SW. HE WAS THEN CLEARED TO DESCEND TO 2700 FT & EXECUTE AN ILS APCH. THE ACFT IMPACTED A MOUNTAIN AT THE 3200 FT LEVEL. THE WRECKAGE WAS FOUND ON THE 235 DEG RADIAL OF THE SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN VORTAC & AT 24 MI. REVIEW OF THE ACFT'S LOGBOOK REVEALED THAT MECHANICAL IRREGULARITIES REPORTED WERE NOT CORRECTED FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. NO CORRECTIVE ACTION WAS LISTED FOR AN "OUTER MARKER INOP AURAL & VISUAL (NEEDS TO BE FIXED NOW, SINCE ADF IS ALSO INOP)." & "LIGHT IN #2 VOR HEAD OUT.". THE MARKER BEACON WAS DESCRIBED AS INOPERATIVE ON 3 DATES BEGINNING 8/22/81, & THE ADF WAS DESCRIBED AS INOPERATIVE ON 7 DATES BEGINNING 5/8/81. NO CORRECTIVE ACTION WAS LISTED FOR ANY ENTRY ABOUT THE MARKER BEACON OR ADF.

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:

FLIGHT/NAVIGATION INSTRUMENT(S)..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

COMM/NAV EQUIPMENT..INOPERATIVE


Contributing Factors

MAINTENANCE..NOT PERFORMED..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

COMPANY-INDUCED PRESSURE..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

MISSED APPROACH..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

COMPANY-INDUCED PRESSURE..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT


Contributing Factors

EXCESSIVE WORKLOAD (TASK OVERLOAD)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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