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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56794
Last updated: 5 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-140
Registration: N95156
C/n / msn: 28-25826
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Pittstown, NJ -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Pittstown, NJ (N85)
Destination airport:Pittstown, NJ (N85)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot and the flight instructor were performing a training flight toward the pilot's instrument rating and the pilot was attempting to regain night currency. After 15 minutes of flying, the pilot returned to the departure airport, which was also where the flight instructor was based. The pilot flew a practice instrument approach before entering the downwind leg of the traffic pattern for landing and recalled being about 100 feet below the published traffic pattern altitude. Though the pilot could only recall turning onto the base leg of the traffic pattern, the airplane struck trees aligned with the final approach course about 1/4 mile from the runway threshold. The trees in the vicinity of the accident site are about 150 feet tall. Examination of the airframe and engine revealed no evidence of any mechanical deficiencies, nor were any reported by the pilot.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain an adequate clearance from trees during the night landing approach and the flight instructor's inadequate remedial action.




Revision history:

31-Dec-2008 10:19 harro Updated
31-Dec-2008 10:22 harro Updated
03-Dec-2017 13:10 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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