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NTSB Identification: CHI85FA120
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27987.
Accident occurred Friday, February 22, 1985 in UTICA, MI
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31T, registration: N100RN
Injuries: 2 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 PILOT ATTEMPTED A VOR APPROACH AND MISSED. HE ADVISED ATC HE WAS GOING TO ATTEMPT THE NDB & IF HE COULD NOT SEE THE RWY HE WOULD GO TO METRO AT DETROIT OR PONTIAC. ON THE NDB APPROACH THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK TREES 960 FT BELOW THE MOA. THE AIRCRAFT FLIPPED OVER LANDING ON THE NOSE & TOP OF THE FUSELAGE.


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

  • MINIMUM DESCENT ALTITUDE..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND
  • DECISION HEIGHT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

Contributing Factors:
  • IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND
  • IFR PROCEDURE..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND
  • JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND
Full narrative is not available