NTSB Identification: BFO88FA068.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38619.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 24, 1988 in STEVENSVILLE, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA R182RG, registration: N9997C
Injuries: 2 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.

THE ACFT DEPARTED BAY BRIDGE ARPT AT APRX 0415 EDT. THE PASSENGER, ALSO A PLT, WAS READING BACK AN IFR CLEARANCE TO ATC WHEN COMMUNICATION ENDED IN THE MIDDLE OF A SENTENCE WITHOUT ANY SIGN OF DISTRESS. COMPARISON OF ATC AND RADAR TAPES INDICATES THAT N9997C HAD ENTERED A DESCENDING RIGHT TURN IN CLOUDS AND HAD LOST BETWEEN 700 AND 1000 FEET OF ALT DURING THE RADIO TRANSMISSION. THE ACFT CRASHED INTO THE CHESAPEAKE BAY APRX 8 MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF. N9997C WAS LOCATED AND RECOVERY BEGAN APRX 35 DAYS AFTER THE ACCIDENT. EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE FAILED TO DISCLOSE ANY FAILURE/MALFUNCTION OF THE ACFT.

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

SPIRAL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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