NTSB Identification: FTW85LA056.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26656.
Accident occurred Monday, November 19, 1984 in PAMPA, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N54028
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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

PREFLIGHT WEATHER BRIEFING SHOWED CLOSEST REPORTING STATION TO DESTINATION BELOW DEST APCH MINIMUM OF I MILE VISIBILITY BUT FCST TO IMPROVE TO 1/2 MI BY ARRIVAL. AREA FREEZING LEVEL FCST AT 3-4000 FT. FLT TO DEST AT 6000 FT WAS ON TOP OF CLOUDS AND UNEVENTFUL. PLT CONTACTED DEST ON UNICOM AND WAS ADVISED OF 'LOW GROUND FOG AND VERY POOR VISIBILITY.' PLT MADE NO FURTHER EFFORT TO CLARIFY CONDITIONS, COMMENCED NDB APPROACH AND ENTERED CLOUDS AT 4000 FT. ACFT STRUCTURAL ICING OCCURRED DURING APPROACH. PLT SIGHTED RUNWAY LIGHTS BUT LOST CONTACT IN TURN TO ADJUST COURSE & EXECUTED A MISSED APPROACH. DUE TO STRUCTURAL ICING, PLT UNABLE TO CLIMB ABOVE 3800 FT, THEN UNABLE TO MAINTAIN ALT AS ICE CONTINUED TO ACCRETE. PLT WAS UNABLE TO ARREST DESCENT BUT ON VISUAL CONTACT WITH GROUND MANUVERED TO A FORCED LANDING IN AN OPEN FIELD. PLT REPORTED CONDITIONS AT DESTINATION WERE ABOVE APPROACH MINIMUMS.

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WING..ICE





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AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE..DETERIORATED


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PULL-UP..NOT POSSIBLE


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WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


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WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


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WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS


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IN-FLIGHT WEATHER ADVISORIES..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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EXPECTANCY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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