NTSB Identification: CHI87FA151.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34543.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 20, 1987 in MARINE CITY, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/17/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 182D, registration: N275T
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.

A WITNESS RPRTD THAT DRG TAKEOFF, THE ACFT ROTATED TO A STEEP (NOSE UP) ATTITUDE, & IMMEDIATELY AFTER LIFT-OFF, THE PLT MADE A STEEP LEFT TURN & ENTERED A DOWNWIND FOR LNDG ON THE SAME RWY. HE DESCRIBED THE DOWNWIND AS BEING A LITTLE TIGHTER THAN NORMAL & A LITTLE LOW. HE NOTED A PWR RDCN WHEN THE ACFT WAS ABEAM THE RWY THRESHOLD. RPRTDLY, THE PLT MADEA TURN TO BASE LEG & BGN TO OVERSHOOT THE FINAL APCH PATH. ACCORDING TO THE WITNESS, THE ACFT ENTERED A VERY STEEP BASE TO FINAL TURN, THEN STALLED & BGN TO SPIN. RPRTDLY, THE SPIN STOPPED AFTER APRX 1/2 TURN, BUT THE ACFT STRUCK THE GND BFR THE PLT COULD RECOVER. THE ACFT WAS BADLY DMGD BY IMPACT & FIRE. NO PREIMPACT MECH PROBLEM WAS FND. A TOXICOLOGY RPRT INDCD THE AVAILABLE SPECIMEN OF THE PLT'S BLOOD WAS DILUTED WITH OTR BODY FLUIDS. THE SPECIMEN TESTED POSITIVE FOR ALCOHOL, BUT THE PLT'S BLOOD/ALCOHOL LVL WAS NOT DETERMINED. A TEST OF HIS URINE SHOWED AN ALCOHOL LVL OF 0.256% (256 ML/DL). PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE (A DECONGESTANT) WAS DETECTTED IN HIS URINE, BUT NONE WAS FND IN HIS BLOOD.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/SPIN..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PLANNED APPROACH..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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