NTSB Identification: MIA87FA056.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32780.
Accident occurred Monday, December 22, 1986 in MIDDLEBURG, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N739SV
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 FLT WAS RECEIVING FLT FOLLOWING SERVICES FROM JACKSONVILLE APCH CONTROL. RADAR AND RADIO CONTACT WAS LOST SHORTLY AFTER THE PLT REPORTED TO APCH CONTROL HE WAS DESCENDING OUT OF 4,500 FT IN PREPARATION FOR HIS LANDING AT ST. AUGUSTINE, FL. A WITNESS STATED THAT HE COULD HEAR THE ACFT FLYING LOW AND THAT THE ENG WAS RUNNING AT A STEADY CRUISING SPEED UNTIL HE HEARD THE ACFT IMPACT THE GROUND. THE WEATHER IN THE JACKSONVILLE AREA WAS INSTUMENT FLT CONDITIONS. THE PLT HELD A STUDENT PLT CERTIFICATE WHICH HAD EXPIRED 1 YEAR AND 10 MONTHS PRIOR TO THIS OCCURRENCE.

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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