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Tail numberN95156
Accident dateDecember 30, 2008
Aircraft typePiper PA-28-140
LocationPittstown, NJ
Near 40.591944 N, -75.005 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On December 30, 2008, about 1900 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-140, N95156, was substantially damaged when it impacted trees and terrain while on final approach to Alexandria Airport (N85), Pittstown, Pennsylvania. The certificated private pilot/owner was seriously injured and the certificated flight instructor was fatally injured. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local instructional flight, which was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to an initial interview with the pilot conducted by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the pilot stated that the purpose of the flight was training toward an instrument rating, and for the pilot to regain his night flying currency. After departing, the pilot and the flight instructor performed some "air work." After it was "legally night," they returned to the airport and the pilot entered the left downwind leg of the traffic pattern to land on runway 26. The pilot thought the airplane was a "little fast" at 100 knots, and that the airplane may have been about 100 feet below the published traffic pattern altitude. While the pilot was turning the airplane from the downwind leg to the base leg, the airplane began striking trees. The pilot could not recall any events that transpired after that point.

The airplane came to rest about 1/4-mile east of the approach end of runway 26 at N85. The wreckage was subsequently recovered from the scene and retained for further examination.

According to FAA records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single engine land. The pilot possessed 600 total hours of flight experience, and his most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on August 25, 2008. The flight instructor held numerous certificates and ratings including an airline transport pilot certificate and a flight instructor certificate. The flight instructor possessed 23,000 total hours of flight experience, and his most recent FAA second-class medical certificate was issued on July 3, 2008.

The 1854 reported weather at Doylestown Airport (DYL), Doylestown, Pennsylvania, located about 16 nautical miles south of the accident site, included clear skies, 10 statute miles visibility, winds from 250 degrees at 3 knots, temperature 2 degrees Celsius (C), dewpoint -11 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 29.95 inches of mercury.

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