NTSB Identification: ATL91LA182.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45782.
Accident occurred Sunday, September 29, 1991 in KNOXVILLE, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/09/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N5918E
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT ATTEMPTED AN EARLY MORNING TAKEOFF FROM A RUNWAY WHERE FOG HAD FORMED. HE ATTEMPTED A MID-FIELD DEPARTURE WITH 2700 FEET OF RUNWAY, BUT ENCOUNTERED ADDITIONAL FOG DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL. HE ELECTED TO ABORT THE TAKEOFF PROCEDURE WITH INSUFFICIENT RUNWAY TO SAFELY STOP THE AIRPLANE. THE AIRPLANE SKIDDED OFF THE DEPARTURE END OF RUNWAY 26 AND SANK IN THE RIVER.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO ACCURATELY EVALUATE THE WEATHER CONDITIONS BEFORE ATTEMPTING A TAKEOFF AND HIS DELAY IN ABORTING THE TAKEOFF PROCEDURE. A FACTOR WAS THE DARK NIGHT.

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