NTSB Identification: ATL83FLG03
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, December 24, 1982 in CLEVELAND, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/24/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-200, registration: N9327N
Injuries: 3 Minor.

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 PLT STATED HE WAS VFR ON TOP OF A BROKEN CLOUD LAYER & DECIDED TO DESCEND THROUGH AN OPENING. AFTER DESCENDING CLEAR OF THE CLOUDS HE WAS IN A PASS WITH HILLS ON EACH SIDE & NOT ENOUGH ROOM TO TURN AROUND. HE CONTINUED NORTH ALONG THE HIGHWAY HOPING THE PASS WOULD WIDEN. AS THE HIGHWAY STARTED OVER A HILL THE ACFT ENTERED A CLOUD. THE PLT EXECUTED A STEEP TURN & HAD ALMOST COMPLETED THE 180 WHEN HE SAW THAT HE WAS GOING TO CRASH INTO THE TREES.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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