NTSB Identification: ATL88FA069.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35636.
Accident occurred Saturday, December 26, 1987 in WARNER-ROBINS, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/24/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N13609
Injuries: 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.
THE NON-IFR RATED PLT DPTD IN VFR WX. HE SUBSEQUENTLY ENCOUNTERED IFR WX SEVERAL HRS AFTER DEPARTURE AND ATTEMPTED TO CONTINUE ON TO HIS DESTINATION ARPT IN IFR CONDITIONS. HE MADE SEVERAL VOR APPROACHES TO THE DESTINATION ARPT. BUT WAS UNABLE TO VISUALLY LOCATE THE ARPT AND LAND. HE SUBSEQUENTLY OBTAINED ATC ASSISTANCE AND RECEIVED VECTORS TO ROBINS AFB IN WARNER-ROBINS. THE ENGINE LOST POWER DURING THE APPROACH AND THE ACFT CRASHED INTO TREES ABOUT 8 NM FROM ROBINS AFB. THE PLT STATED THAT THE ENGINE LOST PWR DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION. SUBSEQUENT EXAMINATION OF THE ACFT CONFIRMED THIS. THE PLT NOTED THAT HE SHOULD HAVE TURNED AROUND WHEN HE FIRST ENCOUNTERED THE IFR WX.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
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:FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION
OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND
WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING
BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND
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