IAL CORP: http://registry.faa.govN234NC
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Harrisburg FSDO-13
NTSB Identification: ERA16CA105
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 09, 2016 in Williamsport, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/14/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA34, registration: N234NC
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot reported that during a cross-country flight at night, he was attempting to deviate due to deteriorating weather. During which, he failed to maintain terrain clearance and the airplane contacted the top of a tree. The pilot subsequently landed the airplane uneventfully at an airport about 23 miles away from where the tree contact was made. Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed damage to the wings and windshield. The inspector did not observe any preimpact mechanical malfunctions, nor did the pilot report any.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain altitude in cruise flight due to his diverted attention, which resulted in controlled flight into terrain.