NTSB Identification: IAD73AI010
14 CFR Part 91 General Aviation
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23, registration: N40233

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 FILE    DATE          LOCATION          AIRCRAFT DATA       INJURIES       FLIGHT                        PILOT DATA
                                                               F  S M/N     PURPOSE
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3-3227   73/4/3  NR.GATLINBURG,TENN    PIPER PA-23         CR-  2  0  0  NONCOMMERCIAL             ATP,FLIGHT INSTR., AGE
        TIME - 1155                    N40233              PX-  2  0  0  PLEASURE/PERSONAL TRANSP  32, 10000 TOTAL HOURS,
                                       DAMAGE-DESTROYED    OT-  0  0  0                            1000 IN TYPE, INSTRUMENT
                                                                                                   RATED.
        DEPARTURE POINT             INTENDED DESTINATION
          CINCINNATI,OHIO            UNKNOWN/NOT REPORTED
        TYPE OF ACCIDENT                                         PHASE OF OPERATION
           COLLIDED WITH: TREES                                     IN FLIGHT: NORMAL CRUISE
        PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
           PILOT IN COMMAND - MISJUDGED CLEARANCE
        FACTOR(S)
           WEATHER - DOWNDRAFT,UPDRAFTS
           TERRAIN - HIGH OBSTRUCTIONS
        WEATHER BRIEFING - NO RECORD OF BRIEFING RECEIVED
        WEATHER FORECAST - FORECAST SUBSTANTIALLY CORRECT
        SKY CONDITION                                            CEILING AT ACCIDENT SITE
          SCATTERED                                                UNLIMITED
        VISIBILITY AT ACCIDENT SITE                              PRECIPITATION AT ACCIDENT SITE
          5 OR OVER(UNLIMITED)                                     NONE
        OBSTRUCTIONS TO VISION AT ACCIDENT SITE                  TEMPERATURE-F
          NONE                                                      65
        WIND DIRECTION-DEGREES                                   WIND VELOCITY-KNOTS
          260                                                       15
        TYPE OF WEATHER CONDITIONS                               TYPE OF FLIGHT PLAN
          VFR                                                      NONE
         FIRE AFTER IMPACT
        REMARKS- OBS AT LOW ALT OVER NATL PARK. CLRD MTN RIDGE & FLEW INTO TREES. GUSTING TO 20K.

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