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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 173576
Last updated: 26 April 2019
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Date:02-JAN-2004
Time:14:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic P32T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32RT-300
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N21992
C/n / msn: 32R-7885265
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Fishers, IN -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Huntsville, AL (HSV)
Destination airport:Fishers, IN (UMP)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The airplane sustained substantial damage on impact with trees during a circling instrument approach. The pilot stated, "Descended to 1340 msl [mean sea level] and continued to 20 DME but did not clear clouds. Descended to 1100 msl and broke through at south end of runway. Remained clear of clouds and entered left, downwind circling approach to rwy [runway] 15 and proceeded with circling north entry. Clipped uppermost small branches of a tree with left wing in the middle of the turn, pulled aircraft higher for clearance and continued approx 1/4 to 1/2 mile to land on rwy 15 without further incident." Weather was: Wind 190 degrees at 12 knots, gusting to 17 knots; 3 statute miles visibility; present weather mist; sky condition overcast 300 feet above ground level; altimeter 29.87 inches of mercury. Remarks rain began at 1416 and rain ended at 1428. According to the published instrument approach procedure the circling minimum descent altitude was 1,340 feet msl and its weather minima was 1 statute mile visibility.
Probable Cause: The pilot not maintaining altitude/clearance from the trees during the circling approach, his continued descent below minimum descent altitude, and the pilot not performing a missed approach. A factor was the trees the pilot impacted during the circling approach.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20040107X00025&key=1


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Feb-2015 19:34 Noro Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 17:37 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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