NTSB Identification: ATL88FA059.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35655.
Accident occurred Thursday, December 10, 1987 in HILTON HEAD ISL, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/24/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 421A, registration: N777RC
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.
ACFT DEPTED COASTAL ARPT AT NIGHT WITH 400 FT PARTIAL OBSCURATION IN PATCHY FOG. GROUND WITNESSES WHO HEARD ACFT DEPICTED A CIRCLING FLT PATH TO THE RIGHT AFTER TAKEOFF. ENG, PROP & TURBO TEARDOWNS DEMONSTRATED BOTH ENGS WERE OPERATING AT HIGH POWER & NO EVIDENCE WAS FOUND OF A PRE-IMPACT MALFUNCTION. ACFT NEVER APPEARED ON RADAR AND NO COMM WAS ATTEMPTED AFTER TAKEOFF. REVIEW OF PILOT RECORDS SHOWED ATYPICALLY LOW TOTAL INSTRUMENT FLT HOURS. PIC WAS CLEARED TO MAINTAIN RUNWAY HEADING AFTER TAKEOFF AND CLIMB TO 2000 FEET.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:CLIMB..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND
LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT
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