NTSB Identification: ATL83FID02
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 28, 1982 in CHESAPEAKE, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/28/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R, registration: N9025C
Injuries: 2 Fatal,1 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 AIRCRAFT HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN FLOWN FROM ORLANDO, FL TO NORFOLK/CHESAPEAKE, VA. WHILE THE ORIGINAL NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT WAS IN VIRGINIA, THE WEATHER DETERIORATED, SO THE OWNER FLEW UP FROM ORLANDO (VIA THE AIRLINES) TO FLY THE ORIGINAL OCCUPANTS BACK TO FLORIDA. A WITNESS REPORTED THAT BEFORE TAKEOFF, THERE WAS A DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT COULD GET SOME INSTRUMENT FLIGHT TIME ON THE RETURN FLIGHT. FOR THE RETURN FLIGHT, THE OWNER OCCUPIED THE RIGHT FRONT SEAT AS THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND. HE STATED THAT DURING TAKEOFF, THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT WAS FLYING THE AIRCRAFT FROM THE LEFT FRONT SEAT. THE OWNER STATED THAT HE REMEMBERED THE OTHER PILOT REACHING FOR THE LANDING GEAR HANDLE TO RAISE THE GEAR, AND SECONDS LATER, THE AIRCRAFT HIT A TREE. ONE WITNESS REPORTED THAT HE COULD SEE THE AIRCRAFT AT ALL TIMES DURING TAKEOFF FROM LIFT-OFF UNTIL IT CRASHED.

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

PROPER CLIMB RATE..NOT MAINTAINED..COPILOT/SECOND PILOT

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

SUPERVISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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