NTSB Identification: ATL87FA074.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33503.
Accident occurred Friday, February 20, 1987 in CROSSVILLE, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 182P, registration: N5824J
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 RENTAL ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE TOP OF A MOUNTAIN AT SUBSTANTIAL AIRSPEED IN LEVEL FLT. VFR FLT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED BY FSS DUE TO LOW CEILINGS, RAIN AND FOG. NO FLT PLAN WAS FILED. THE PLT HAD NOT LOGGED A FLT FOR A FIVE MONTH PERIOD PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. THE CFI STATED THAT THE PLT DID NOT EXCEL IN ANY AREA OF HIS FLYING SKILLS DURING A BFR FLT THE DAY BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. THERE WAS NO INDICATION OF MECHANICAL OR STRUCTURAL FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION PRIOR TO THE IMPACT. THE ACFT HAS BEEN OVERDUE AND MISSING FOR THREE DAYS.

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

IMPROPER RECURRENT TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN

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