NTSB Identification: NYC87FA023.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33615.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 19, 1986 in ROCKWOOD, TN
Aircraft: CESSNA R172K, registration: N7526V
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 AIRCRAFT WAS OBSERVED DEPARTING AT APPROX 2010 HOURS, REVERSING COURSE AND FLYING OVER THE AIRPORT AT 300-400 FT AGL. THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED 3/4 MILES SOUTH OF THE AIRPORT IN UNPOPULATED, MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY TERRAIN AT AN ELEVATION OF 1560 FEET, WHICH IS 104 FEET LOWER THAN THE AIRPORT ELEVATION. THE WRECKAGE WAS FOUND APPROX 2 DAYS LATER. THE PILOT, THE SOLE OCCUPANT, WAS FATALLY INJURED. THE AIRCRAFT WAS DESTROYED. THERE WAS NO FIRE. RECORDS INDICATE THAT THE PILOT HAD 6.1 HOURS OF NIGHT TIME, WITH LAST NIGHT FLIGHT BEING 23 MONTHS PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. A TOTAL OF 155 HOURS FLYING TIME WAS ACCUMULATED OVER A 9 YEAR AND 2 MONTH PERIOD. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF MALFUNCTION WITH THE AIRCRAFT OR RELATED EQUIPMENT.

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



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