NTSB Identification: FTW85FA025.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27025.
Accident occurred Friday, October 26, 1984 in AMARILLO, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N602RD
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.

LAST RADIO CONTACT WAS A CLEARENCE TO DESCEND TO 5,000 FT MSL TO WHICH THE PLT RESPONDED 'TWO ROMEO DELTA.' CLOUD TOPS WERE NEAR 5,000 FT MSL. ACFT IMPACTED IN A HIGH SPEED DIVE APRX 10 DEG PAST VERTICLE. PLT RECEIVED COM/INST CERTIFICATE ON 12/14/84 AND THIS IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN HIS FIRST FLT IN ACTUAL IMC.

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

SPIRAL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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