NTSB Identification: FTW83FRD01
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, December 26, 1982 in HENDERSON, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/26/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-200, registration: N5369T
Injuries: 3 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 PILOT AND TWO PASSENGERS WERE ON A FLIGHT FROM BEAUMONT, TX TO COVINGTON, LA. THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT DEPARTED ON A SPECIAL VFR CLEARANCE. AT THAT TIME, THE WEATHER AT BEAUMONT WAS 300 FT OVERCAST, VISIBILITY 12 MI. WHEN THE AIRCRAFT WAS ABOUT 10 MI NORTHEAST, THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE WAS AT 1400 FT MSL. AFTER THAT, NO FURTHER TRANSMISSIONS WERE RECEIVED. THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO PENETRATE A LINE OF HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS NEAR HENDERSON, LA. WHILE IN THAT VICINITY, THE PLANE COLLIDED WITH A LINE OF TREES ABOUT 50 FT AGL, THEN IMPACTED THE GROUND ABOUT 60 FT BEYOND. AN INSPECTION OF THE ENGINE REVEALED NO PREIMPACT MALFUNCTION. A WITNESS HEARD THE ENGINE OPERATING BEFORE IMPACT.

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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