NTSB Identification: NYC83LA029
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, November 15, 1982 in MORRISVILLE, VT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/15/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N2221N
Injuries: 2 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.

ENROUTE TO DESTINATION THROUGH A MOUNTAIN PASS THE PILOT SAW APPROACHING SNOW & DECIDED TO RETURN & LAND. WHILE RETURNING, A RAPIDLY MOVING SNOW SQUALL WAS APPROACHING THE ARPT. AT ABOUT 1/4 MI FROM THE END OF RWY 1 VISIBILITY DROPPED TO ABOUT 1/8 MI IN HEAVY SNOW. THE PLT LANDED ON THE GRASS RWY BUT EXECUTED A GO-AROUND WHEN IT BECAME APPARENT THE ACFT WOULD NOT STOP PRIOR TO THE END OF THE RWY. THE PLT CLIMBED TO 400 FT AGL & MADE A TEARDROP TURN TO RWY 19. THE ACFT LANDED ABOUT 1/2 WAY DOWN THE RWY & RAN OFF THE END INTO A DITCH.

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

AIRSPEED..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH

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