NTSB Identification: ATL83LA058
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, December 10, 1982 in HEFLIN, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/10/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N22199
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHILE ON A PLEASURE FLIGHT THE PILOT EXPERIENCED A FLUCTUATION IN HIS ALTERNATOR INDICATOR. SOON AFTERWARDS THE ALTERNATOR PANEL WARNING LIGHT CAME ON. THE PILOT ASSUMED HIS BATTERY HAD GONE DEAD AFTER HIS RADIO LIGHTS ALSO CEASED TO OPERATE. AT THAT POINT THE WEATHER WAS DETERIORATING, AND THE PILOT CHOSE TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY LANDING. AS THE AIRCRAFT LANDED THE LEFT WING TIP HIT A BANK TEARING THE WING LOOSE. THE AIRCRAFT SUFFERED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE.

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

ALTERNATOR..BELOW

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

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM..POOR

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

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER EVALUATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,ALTERNATOR..FAILURE,PARTIAL


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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