NTSB Identification: BFO88FA009.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37169.
Accident occurred Monday, November 30, 1987 in SOUTH HILL, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/26/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 182D, registration: N8886X
Injuries: 1 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 PLT WAS ON THE THIRD LEG OF A TRIP BETWEEN TAMPA, FL AND SUSSEX, NJ. THE PREVIOUS TWO STOPS WERE MADE BECAUSE OF ADVERSE WX CONDITIONS. BEFORE THIS FLIGHT HE WAS ADVISED BY FSS THAT VFR FLIGHT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED. HE FILED A VFR FLIGHT PLAN BUT DID NOT ACTIVATE IT. WITNESSES REPORTED THE ACFT WAS FLYING NORTHEAST BELOW A LOW OVERCAST. SOME WITNESSES SAID THE ACFT WAS FLYING IN CLOUDS. ONE WITNESS SAID THE CLOUDS WERE AT TREETOP LEVEL. THE ACFT REVERSED COURSE AND SOON AFTERWARDS IT DESCENDED TO THE GROUND. ONE WITNESS SAID THAT BEFORE THE ACFT DESCENDED IT PITCHED UP AND IT SPUN DURING THE DESCENT. THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE GROUND IN A REMOTE WOODED AREA.

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..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

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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