NTSB Identification: ATL84FA082.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25182.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 15, 1984 in LAFAYETTE, GA
Aircraft: CESSNA 177B, registration: N2146C
Injuries: 4 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 ACFT CRASHED IN AN OPEN FIELD DURING AN UNCONTROLLED DESCENT AFTER ENCOUNTERING FORECAST ICING CONDITIONS. THE PLT HAD RECEIVED WEATHER BRIEFINGS AND FILED A FLT PLAN INTO ICING CONDITIONS IN AN ACFT NOT EQUIPPED TO HANDLE ICING. THE PLT STAYED AT AN ICING LEVEL FOR ABOUT 19 MINUTES, 6 MINUTES OF WHICH WERE WITH HEAVY ICING ACCUMULATING AT THE RATE OF ABOUT 2 INCHES PER MINUTE. AT THIS TIME THE ACFT WAS TOO HEAVY TO CLIMB AND DURING DESCENT, CONTROL WAS LOST AND THE ACFT CRASHED.

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

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

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

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT WEIGHT AND BALANCE..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

STALL/SPIN..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN AIRCRAFT'S ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WING..ICE

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