NTSB Identification: MIA98FA038.
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Accident occurred Monday, December 01, 1997 in TOWNSEND, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/06/1998
Aircraft: Cessna C-182E, registration: N9033Y
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to flight planning data found in the wreckage, the flight had departed Louisville, Kentucky for Gainesville, Florida. The airplane collided with terrain at the 4,300-foot level of a 4,400-foot ridgeline about 22 miles southeast of Knoxville, Tennessee, about 1:45 hours later. Cloud condition for Knoxville at the time of the accident was, ceiling 3,200 agl, or 4,200 msl. The pilot was not IFR qualified, and when queried by the Green Bay AFSS briefer about his intentions in areas of cloudiness, he stated, 'probably stay below' the clouds. There was no radio or transponder contact with any ATC facility and no flight plan was filed. There was no evidence of any precrash malfunction found with the airframe, engine, or its components, either at the site or in subsequent teardown inspection.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the pilot's failure to maintain VFR flight conditions in a mountainous area resulting in inflight collision with rising terrain.

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