NTSB Identification: ATL84FA106.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24185.
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 22, 1984 in HAMILTON, AL
Aircraft: BEECH A36, registration: N1034W
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 ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES APRX 6 MILES EAST OF MARION CTY ARPT AND APRX 17 NM SW OF THE FLT DEPAT PT AND ALSO THE PLT'S HOME ARPT. THE PLT HAD EARLIER THAT DAY TOLD THE HALEYVILLE ARPT MGR THAT HE WOULD RETURN TO HALEYVILLE THE SAME DAY AS DEPT. THE ACC SITE IS APRX 17 NM. SW OF THE HALEYVILLE ARPT. THE OUTBOUND FLT HAD DEPT AT APRX 1720 BOUND FOR JACKSON MS. DEPT FROM JACKSON TOOK PLACE AT 1904 CST WITH A DEST OF BIRMINGHAM, AL NAMED ON THE ATC DEPT STRIP. WITNESSES SAW THE ACFT MANEUVERING AT LOW ALT IN THE VICINITY OF THE HAMILTON ARPT JUST PRIOR TO THE CRASH. THE WX WAS DESCRIBED BY THESE SAME WITNESSES AS FOGGY WITH DRIZZLE AND A VISIBILITY OF 1/2 TO 3/4 MILE. THERE IS NO WX REPORTING FACILITY AT HIMILTON. WX SHOWN OF THIS REPORT IS FOR MUSCLE SHOALS, 40 NMI AWAY AND ALSO BIRMINGHAM AL AND TUPELO MS. POST ACC INVEST REVELAED EVIDENCE THAT THE AUTO PLT HEADING MODE WAS BEING USED AT TIME OF ACC. THE VACUUM PUMP HAD SHEARED PRIOR TO ENG STOPPAGE. THE PUMP HAD LOGGED 730 OPERATIONAL HRS SINCE INSTALLATION IN 1978.

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

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

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING



Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN AIRCRAFT'S ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT




Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN AIRCRAFT'S ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


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