NTSB Identification: ATL86FA025.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29719.
Accident occurred Thursday, November 14, 1985 in EDENTON, NC
Aircraft: CESSNA 182Q, registration: N735SS
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.

THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED INTO THE ABERMARLE SOUND AND SANK IN 18 FT OF WATER. THE PILOT WAS REPORTEDLY ON AN NDB APPROACH AND DESCENDED BELOW MDA. WITNESSES STATED THAT THE AIRCRAFT CIRCLED OVER HEAD ABOUT 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. WITNESSES ALSO STATED THAT THE VISIBILITY WAS LIMITED TO 15 FEET DUE TO FOG. THE AIRCRAFT WAS RECOVERED AND THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF PRE- IMPACT FAILURE. THE PILOT WAS ATTEMPTING TO GET TO AN IMPORTANT BUSINESS MEETING TO MEET WITH COMPANY EXECUTIVES.

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MINIMUM DESCENT ALTITUDE..BELOW..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,GLASSY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..BELOW APPROACH/LANDING MINIMUMS

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