NTSB Identification: DEN86FA008.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30436.
Accident occurred Thursday, October 10, 1985 in JAL, NM
Aircraft: CESSNA 175A, registration: N6959E
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.

A WITNESS WATCHED THE ACFT TAKEOFF AND DISAPPEAR IN THE DARKNESS. THE PLT HAD INTENDED TO MAKE 3 TAKEOFFS AND LANDINGS TO REGAIN CURRENCY FOR NIGHT FLYING. THE ACFT NEVER RETURNED. THE WRECKAGE WAS FOUND 2 MILES NORTH OF THE ARPT THE FOLLOWING MORNING. WX WAS DESCRIBED AS BEING HAZY WITH A LOW OVERCAST, PATCHY GROUND FOG, AND REDUCED VISIBILITY.

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

INADEQUATE RECURRENT TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT


Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT INSTRUMENT TIME

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