NTSB Identification: FTW85LA301.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29032.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 03, 1985 in TULIA, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 182M, registration: N71846
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE STUDENT PLT, WITH 2 HRS TOTAL NIGHT EXPERIENCE, FLARED HIGH ON FINAL AND STALLED THE ACFT, WHICH SUBSEQUENTLY LANDED HARD ON THE NOSE GEAR, DURING A NIGHT PRACTICE FLT. THE PLT STATED THAT THE RED INSTRUMENT LIGHTS WOULD NOT WORK WHEN HE TURNED THEM ON. INSTEAD HE USED THE WHITE DOME LIGHT, WHICH CREATED A GLARE IN THE COCKPIT AFFECTING HIS DEPTH PERCEPTION. THE PLT FAILED TO TURN THE INSTRUMENT LIGHT RHEOSTAT FAR ENOUGH FOR ADEQUATE ILLUMINATION. THE INSTRUMENT LIGHTS OPERATED NORMALLY WHEN THEY WERE CHECKED AFTER THE ACCIDENT.

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

FLARE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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