NTSB Identification: ATL84FA141.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25089.
Accident occurred Friday, April 06, 1984 in NW.OF ABINGDON, VA
Aircraft: CESSNA 182Q, registration: N96578
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 CRASHED INTO A MOUNTAIN AT THE 4000 FT LEVEL ABOUT 100 FT BELOW THE CREST EN ROUTE TO CHATTANOOGA, TN. THE PLT HAD RECEIVED A PRE-FLT TELEPHONIC BRIEFING THAT WAS CONSIDERED CURRENT AND APPROPRIATE FOR THE FLT WITHOUT ANY SPECIAL REMARKS. AT DEPARTURE THE RICHLANDS ARPT MANAGER SAID THE WEATHER WAS OVERCAST WITH STRONG WINDS AND LIGHT RAIN. THE VISIBILITY WAS ABOUT 2 MILES. THERE WERE NO KNOWN RADIO COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE ACFT AFTER DEPARTURE. THERE WERE NO KNOWN WITNESSES TO THE CRASH AND RADAR WAS UNABLE TO RECREATE A RADAR TRACK FROM STORED INFO FOR THE MOUNTAINOUS TERRAININTERFERED. THE ACFT CRASHED IN LEVEL POWERED FLT. THE PLT HAD LIMITED TOTAL TIME AND WAS NOT INSTRUMENT RATED.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INACCURATE..NWS PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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