NTSB Identification: ATL85FA280.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29700.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 21, 1985 in HALLS, TN
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N2858E
Injuries: 1 Fatal,2 Minor.

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 PRIVATE PILOT HAD JUST LEVELED OFF AT 2500 FEET AND POINTED OUT THE OLD NAVAL BASE TO HIS RIGHT FRONT SEAT PASSENGER WHEN HE SLUMPED OVER THE YOKE. THE PASSENGER IN THE REAR SEAT HELD THE PILOT OFF THE CONTROLS WHILE HER NON-PILOT HUSBAND ATTEMPTED TO LAND THE AIRCRAFT. HE MISSED THE TAXIWAY ON THE OLD NAVAL BASE AND ATTEMPTED TO LAND IN A COTTON FIELD. HE SPOTTED A HOUSE AT THE END OF THE FIELD AND TURNED JUST PRIOR TO TOUCHDOWN. THE AIRCRAFT HIT A DITCH AT THE END OF THE FIELD AND BOUNCED UP ON THE TAXIWAY. THE PILOT DID NOT RESPOND TO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE HOSPITAL.

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

MANEUVER..ATTEMPTED..PASSENGER

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

INCAPACITATION(LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ASSISTANCE..ATTEMPTED..PASSENGER

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

PROPER ALIGNMENT..POOR..PASSENGER

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

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT..OTHER PERSON

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..INITIATED..PASSENGER


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH

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