NTSB Identification: CHI78FA030
14 CFR Part 135 Nonscheduled operation of LEE AIR TRANSP
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32R, registration: N38642

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 FILE    DATE          LOCATION          AIRCRAFT DATA       INJURIES       FLIGHT                        PILOT DATA
                                                               F  S M/N     PURPOSE
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3-1058  78/3/20    PONTIAC,MI          PIPER PA-32R        CR-  0  0  1  COMMERCIAL                COMMERCIAL, AGE 22, 1474
        TIME - 2100                    N38642              PX-  0  0  1  AIR TAXI-CARGO            TOTAL HOURS, 690 IN TYPE,
                                       DAMAGE-SUBSTANTIAL  OT-  0  0  0                            INSTRUMENT RATED.
        DEPARTURE POINT             INTENDED DESTINATION         LAST ENROUTE STOP
          ROCHESTER,NY                ROCHESTER,NY                 LANSING,MI
        TYPE OF ACCIDENT                                         PHASE OF OPERATION
           LIGHTNING STRIKE                                         IN FLIGHT: NORMAL CRUISE
        PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
           WEATHER - LIGHTNING STRIKE
        FACTOR(S)
           PERSONNEL - PRODUCTION-DESIGN-PERSONNEL: POOR/INADEQUATE DESIGN
           AIRFRAME - WINGS: WINGTIPS
        WEATHER BRIEFING - PARTIAL BRIEFING BY FLIGHT SERVICE PERSONNEL, BY PHONE/RADIO, LIMITED BY PILOT ACTION
        WEATHER FORECAST - WEATHER CONSIDERABLY WORSE THAN FORECAST
        EMERGENCY CIRCUMSTANCES - PRECAUTIONARY LANDING ON AIRPORT
                                  SUSPECTED OR KNOWN AIRCRAFT DAMAGE
        SKY CONDITION                                            CEILING AT ACCIDENT SITE
          OVERCAST                                                  5000
        VISIBILITY AT ACCIDENT SITE                              PRECIPITATION AT ACCIDENT SITE
          5 OR OVER(UNLIMITED)                                     NONE
        OBSTRUCTIONS TO VISION AT ACCIDENT SITE                  TYPE OF WEATHER CONDITIONS
          NONE                                                     VFR
        TYPE OF FLIGHT PLAN
          IFR
        REMARKS- WING TIP STRUCTURE MISSING FROM EACH WING,FIBERGLASS CONSTRUCTION.

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