NTSB Identification: NYC66A0018
14 CFR Part 91 General Aviation
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23, registration: N4778P

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 FILE    DATE          LOCATION          AIRCRAFT DATA       INJURIES       FLIGHT                        PILOT DATA
                                                               F  S M/N     PURPOSE
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2-1112   65/8/4    UNION BRIDGE MD     PIPER PA-23         CR-  1  0  0  NONCOMMERCIAL             PRIVATE, AGE 39, 565
        TIME - 1945                    N4778P              PX-  1  0  0  PLEASURE/PERSONAL TRANSP  TOTAL HOURS, 360 IN TYPE,
                                       DAMAGE-DESTROYED    OT-  0  0  0                            NOT INSTRUMENT RATED.
        TYPE OF ACCIDENT                                         PHASE OF OPERATION
           LIGHTNING STRIKE                                         IN FLIGHT: NORMAL CRUISE
           AIRFRAME FAILURE: IN FLIGHT                              IN FLIGHT: UNCONTROLLED DESCENT
        PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
           PILOT IN COMMAND - CONTINUED VFR FLIGHT INTO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS
           WEATHER - LIGHTNING STRIKE
           WEATHER - THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY
        FACTOR(S)
           AIRFRAME - FUSELAGE: WINDSHIELDS,WINDOWS,CANOPIES
        WEATHER BRIEFING - BRIEFED BY FLIGHT SERVICE PERSONNEL, BY PHONE
        WEATHER FORECAST - FORECAST SUBSTANTIALLY CORRECT
        SKY CONDITION                                            CEILING AT ACCIDENT SITE
          BROKEN                                                    5000
        VISIBILITY AT ACCIDENT SITE                              PRECIPITATION AT ACCIDENT SITE
          5 OR OVER(UNLIMITED)                                      RAIN, THUNDERSTORM
        TEMPERATURE-F                                            WIND DIRECTION-DEGREES
           74                                                      140
        WIND VELOCITY-KNOTS                                      TYPE OF WEATHER CONDITIONS
           8                                                       IFR
        TYPE OF FLIGHT PLAN
          NONE
         FIRE AFTER IMPACT
        REMARKS- LIGHTNING STRIKE ON ACFT IMMEDIATLY BFOR CRASH,WAS WITNESSED BY GROUND OBSERVERS.

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