NTSB Identification: MIA88FA105.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35860.
Accident occurred Thursday, February 11, 1988 in SANFORD, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/16/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 425, registration: N6771Y
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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.

THE FLT WAS CLEARED FOR A NIGHT ILS APCH & ADVISED THAT TWR AT DEST HAD CLOSED. TWR HAD RPTD AT CLOSING THAT FOG WAS FORMING & THE FLT WAS ADVISED OF THE FOG. THE ACFT WAS LOCATED ON A REMOTE PART OF THE ARPT THE NEXT MORNING. THE ELT HAD ACTIVATED BUT THE SIGNAL WAS WEAK DUE TO CRASH DAMAGE. PAX SAID THEY NEVER SAW RWY LIGHTS, ONLY TAXI LIGHTS, & THAT PLT ATMPTD TO PERFORM A GO-AROUND. GEAR WAS RETRACTED & ACFT HIT LEVEL GRASSY AREA IN A NEAR LEVEL ATTITUDE. THE PLT WAS NOT WEARING A SHOULDER HARNESS. THE PAX CROUCHED IN THE AISLE NEXT TO THE PLT, HELPING HIM FIND THE RWY, NOT WEARING RESTRAINING BELTS. NO PUBLISHED APCH PLATE FOR ILS PROC FOR THAT RWY WAS FOUND IN ACFT. TOX REPORT REVEALED PLT HAD 3 MCG/ML DEXTROMETHORPHAN, AN INGREDIENT FOUND IN OVER COUNTER COLD REMEDIES. ACCORDING TO REPORT, LEVELS OF THAT SUBSTANCE IN BLOOD GREATER THAN 0.1 MCG/ML WAS SUFFICIENT TO CAUSE DROWINESS.

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

DECISION HEIGHT..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MISSED APPROACH..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

GEAR RETRACTION..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT




Contributing Factors

IMPAIRMENT(DRUGS)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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