NTSB Identification: NYC86FA001.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29743.
Accident occurred Thursday, October 03, 1985 in ROBBINSVILLE, NJ
Aircraft: MOONEY M20J, registration: N5750L
Injuries: 1 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.

DURING IFR DEPARTURE FROM AN UNCONTROLLED ARPT, THE ACFT WAS INSTRUCTED TO SQUAWK THE DISCRETE FREQ THAT HAD BEEN ISSUED IN PRE-FLT CLEARANCE. THE PLT ACKNOWLEDGED THE FREQ. THE ACFT DISAPPEARED FROM RADAR. GROUND WITNESSES SAW THE ACFT DESCEND OUT OF THE LOW CLOUDS AT A HIGH SPEED. THE PLT HAD 11 HRS OF IFR PIC EXPERIENCE AND 83 HRS OF IFR DUAL INSTRUCTION. NO MECHANICAL PROBLEMS WERE FOUND.

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

ATC CLEARANCE..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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