NTSB Identification: MKC85FA078.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27812.
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 27, 1985 in ONXY, AR
Aircraft: CESSNA 182A, registration: N6048B
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.

AT 1230 CST ON 3/27/85, THE PLT & HIS WIFE DEPARTED ON A X-COUNTRY FLT, BUT DID NOT ARRIVE AT THEIR DESTINATION. WHEN FAMILY MEMBERS BECAME CONCERNED, A SEARCH WAS INITIATED. THE WRECKAGE WAS LOCATED ON 3/31/85 WHERE THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES & CRASHED ON WOODED TERRAIN. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE PLT HAD OBTAINED AN AIRBORNE WX BRIEFING AT 1343 CST.THE LATEST WX AT HOT SPRINGS AT THAT TIME WAS REPORTED AS SKY PARTIALLY OBSCURED, 800' OVERCAST, VISIBILITY 3/4 MI WITH FOG, WIND 170 DEG AT 5 KTS. A RADAR SUMMARY SHOWED 2/10 COVERAGE OF THUNDERSTORMS & RAIN SHOWERS IN THE AREA. AN EXAM OF THE CRASH SITE SHOWED THAT INITIAL IMPACT WAS WITH TREES AT APRX 40' AGL. THE 1ST IMPACT WITH THE GROUND WAS ABOUT 200' BEYOND INITIAL IMPACT WITH THE TREES. THE WRECKAGE PATH WAS 400' LONG. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE/MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND. THE PROP BLADES HAD SIGNIFICANT ROTATIONAL DAMAGE. APRX 27 MI NW AT HOT SPRINGS, THE 1358 WX WAS IN PART: PARTIALLY OBSCURED, 800 FT OVERCAST, 1 MI VIS WITH FOG. THE CRASH SITE WAS APRX 300' ABOVE THE ELEV AT HOT SPRINGS.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..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


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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