NTSB Identification: MKC83FA041
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, December 19, 1982 in BANCROFT, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/19/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N2838V
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 ACFT IMPACTED THE GROUND IN A NEAR WINGS LEVEL, 20 DEG NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED. WITNESSES STATEDTHAT THE WEATHER WAS CLEAR & VISIBILITY GOOD BUT IT WAS A VERY DARK NIGHT WITH ONLY A VERY SMALL PORTION OF THE MOON SHOWING. THE ONLY OUTSIDE LIGHT IN THE AREA OF THE ACCIDENT WAS ON A NEARBY FARM. THE PLT'S NIGHT FLYING TIME WAS REPORTED AS LIMITED.

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

SPIRAL..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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