NTSB Identification: FTW84FA331.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26642.
Accident occurred Monday, July 30, 1984 in DEL RIO, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA A185F, registration: N6102E
Injuries: 1 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 NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PLT TOOK OF AT NIGHT APPROXIMATELY 30 MIN PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. GROUND SCARS INDICATED THAT THE ACFT IMPACTED THE CREST OF A ROCKY HILL WHILE IN A STEEP NOSE DOWN, RIGHT WING LOW ATTITUDE. THE ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS ABOUT 1750 FT. THE ACFT WAS DEMOLISHED BY IMPACT & FIRE. NO PREIMPACT MECHANICAL FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND. LOCAL RESIDENTS STATED THAT THE SKY WAS VERY DARK WITH A LIGHT OVERCAST & NO MOON.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT



Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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