NTSB Identification: ATL85LA045.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27265.
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 27, 1984 in AHOSKIE, NC
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N12946
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHILE ON A NIGHT VFR LOCAL AREA FLIGHT THE PILOT NOTICED HAZE OBSCURING THE LIGHTS ON THE GROUND. HE RETURNED TO THE AIRPORT AND ACTIVATED THE REIL LIGHTS, HE LOST SIGHT OF THE LIGHTS AS HE ENTERED THE TRAFFIC PATTERN. DURING THE LEFT TURN TO BASE, HE ENTERED FOG AND BECAME DISORIENTED AND ATTEMPTED A GO-AROUND. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED SOME TREES BUT WAS STILL CONTROLLABLE. THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO MAKE ANOTHER APPROACH BUT AGAIN BECAME DISORIENTED AND THE ACFTIMPACTED THE GROUND ON THE AIRPORT BUT HEADING ABOUT 120 DEGREES LEFT OF THE INTENDED RWY. THE PILOT REPORTED ONLY 3 HOURS OF SIMULATED INSTRUMENT TIME.

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

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

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

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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