NTSB Identification: NYC84FA110.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24355.
Accident occurred Friday, March 16, 1984 in ONEONTA, NY
Aircraft: LOCKHEED 18-56, registration: N77777
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.

AT APRX 2330 EST, WITNESSES NEAR THE CRASH SITE HEARD AN ACFT, & SHORTLY THEREAFTER, THEY SAW A FLASH. ONE OF THEM, WHO WAS DRIVING A CAR, WENT BACK TO THE AREA THE NEXT DAY & FOUND THE ACFT WRECKAGE. THE ACFT HAD CRASHED & BURNED ABOUT 1 MI FROM THE APCH END OF RWY 24. WRECKAGE WAS STREWN ALONG AN AREA OF ABOUT 250 FT LONG & WAS ORIENTED ON A HEADING OF 230 DEG. THE ACFT WAS DESCENDING IN AN ESTIMATE 40 DEG DIVE WHEN IT HIT THE GROUND. AN EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE DID NOT DISCLOSE ANY EVIDENCE OF A MALFUNCTION. ABOUT 3500 LBS OF MARIJUANA WAS FOUND IN THE WRECKAGE. THE 2010 WX AT THE ARPT WAS: INDEFINITE 500 FT OBSCURATION, VISIBILITY 1 1/4 MI WITH RAIN & LIGHT FOG, TEMP 33 DEG, WIND FROM 280 DEG AT 5 KTS. ANOTHER PLT HAD LANDED AT 2015. HE SAID HIS ACFT HAD ACCUMULATED A TRACE OF RIME ICE. AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT, WITNESSES SAID THE ROADS WERE LIGHTLY COVERED WITH ICE SNOW.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND



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


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LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT


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WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


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WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION

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