NTSB Identification: MKC84FA271.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26535.
Accident occurred Sunday, September 09, 1984 in OTTUMWA, IA
Aircraft: CESSNA R182, registration: N756TN
Injuries: 3 Serious.

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 ENTERED IMC WEATHER, THE PLT BECAME DISORIENTED & CRUISED WITHOUT ATC NAVIGATIONAL ASSISTANCE AFTER FAILING TO MAKE RADIO CONTACT OR FILE A FLT PLAN. THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PRIVATE PLT FLEW UNTIL ACFT POWER WAS LOST DUE TO FUEL EXHAUSTION. THE RESULTANT FORCED LANDING ON ROUGH & UNEVEN TERRAIN ON A FOGGY DARK NIGHT RESULTED IN SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO THE ACFT. THE VISIBILITY WAS ESTIMATED AS 1/4 OF A MILE.

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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:

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT

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