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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 36095
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Date:21-NOV-1994
Time:20:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-181
Owner/operator:Alcom Business Systems
Registration: N2949Q
C/n / msn: 28-7790428
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Doylestown, PA -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Elmira, NY (ELM)
Destination airport:, PA (N88)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE PILOT AND PASSENGER WERE ON THE RETURN LEG OF A FLIGHT FOR COMPENSATION. THE EN ROUTE FLIGHT WAS UNEVENTFUL. DURING THE NIGHT WEATHER VOR APPROACH TO THE DESTINATION AIRPORT, THE PILOT DESCENDED 300 FEET BELOW THE MINIMUM DESCENT ALTITUDE. AFTER FLYING OVER THE RUNWAY, THE PILOT CIRCLED THE AIRPORT TWICE, BETWEEN 300 AND 500 FEET BELOW THE MINIMUM CIRCLING ALTITUDE. DURING THE THIRD CIRCLE, THE AIRPLANE STRUCK TREES ABOUT 1/4 MILE FROM THE RUNWAY. AN AIRPORT 8 MILES FROM THE ACCIDENT SCENE REPORTED THE WEATHER AS INDEFINITE 100 FOOT SKY OBSCURED, VISIBILITY 1/4 MILE, WITH LIGHT DRIZZLE AND FOG. NEITHER OF THE TWO VOR RECEIVERS IN THE AIRPLANE WERE TUNED TO THE FREQUENCY USED FOR THE VOR FINAL APPROACH COURSE, OR THE MISSED APPROACH PROCEDURE. DURING THE PREVIOUS 12 MONTHS THE PILOT HAD LOGGED ONE INSTRUMENT APPROACH. CAUSE: the pilot's descent below the published minimum circling altitude, and his failure to execute the published missed approach procedure during a night IFR instrument approach, which resulted in an in-flight collision with trees.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001206X02644


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:22 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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