NTSB Identification: MIA87FA188.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34247.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 20, 1987 in ELLISVILLE, MS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/05/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 172I, registration: N8446L
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.

BFR THE FLT, THE ARPT OWNER ADZD THE PLT NOT TO FLY, SINCE HE (THE PLT) APPEARED TO BE INTOXICATED. THE PLT 'SAID OK & LEFT,' BUT RETURNED APRX 1 HR LATER. A WITNESS RPRTD THE PLT ATMTD TO TAKEOFF WITH FULL FLAPS. DRG THE TAKEOFF ROLL, THEACFT DRIFTED OFF THE RWY, HIT SOME PLASTIC MARKERS, THEN REENTERED THE RWY & CONTD TAKING OFF. ACCORDING TO 2 WITNESSES,THE PLANE WAS IN A NOSE HI ATTITUDE WITH LOW SPEED AFTER LIFT-OFF & CONTD FLYING JUST ABOVE THE GROUND. SUBSEQUENTLY, ITENTERED A LEFT BANK & CRASHED INTO TREES NEAR THE END OF THE RWY. AFTER THE ACDNT, THE FLAPS WERE FND FULLY EXTDD; THE PLT'S SEAT BELT WASN'T FASTENED & HE WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED. THE RGT FNT (PAX'S) SEAT WAS FND OFF THE SEAT TRACK; THE FNTSEAT STOPS FOR THAT SEAT HAD NOT BEEN INSTALLED. NO OTHER MECHANICAL PRBLM WAS FND. THE PLT STATED THAT HIS SEAT SLIPPEDBACKWARD ON TAKEOFF & THE PAX GRABBED THE CTL WHEEL & PULLED BACK, CAUSING THE ACFT TO STALL. POH RCMDD A MAX OF 10 DEG FLAPS FOR TAKEOFF. A BLOOD SAMPLE TAKEN JUST AFTER THE ACDNT SHOWED THE PLT HAD AN ALCOHOL LVL OF 183 MG/DL (0.183%).

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:

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ABORTED TAKEOFF..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LOWERING OF FLAPS..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

SEAT BELT..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


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