NTSB Identification: MIA85LA213.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28884.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 17, 1985 in LEESBURG, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N3781S
Injuries: 1 Minor,3 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 PLT EXPERIENCED AN ELECTRICAL FAILURE WHILE ON A NIGHT FLT & WAS UNABLE TO ACTIVATE THE RWY LIGHTS BY KEYING HIS RADIO. HE ELECTED TO LAND ON THE UNLIGHTED RWY WITHOUT ANY LANDING LIGHTS RATHER THAN DIVERT TO ANOTHER ARPT. THE PLT STATED THAT DURING THE APCH TO LAND, HE REALIZED THAT HE WAS NOT LINED UP PROPERLY WITH THE RWY, & WHEN HE ATTEMPTED TO CORRECT THE ACFT'S ALIGNMENT WITH THE RWY, THE RIGHT WING 'LOST LIFT' & STRUCK THE GROUND. LAW INFORCEMENT PERSONNEL REPORTED THAT THE PLT HAD A SLIGHT ODOR OF ALCOHOL ON HIS PERSON; HOWEVER, THE PLT PASSED A PHYSICAL AGILITY SOBRIETY TEST. HE HAD MADE ONLY ONE NIGHT LANDING WITHIN THE PRECEDING 90 DAYS; THUS, HE DID NOT MEET THE REQUIRMENTS OF FAR 61.57 FOR NIGHT RECENCY OF EXPERIENCE.

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:

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM..FAILURE,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT





Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OPERATION..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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