NTSB Identification: CHI83LA078.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20333.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 09, 1983 in ASHKUM, IL
Aircraft: MOONEY M20A, registration: N8343E
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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

THE PILOT MADE A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING IN A PLOWED FIELD DURING A FERRY FLIGHT BECAUSE OF LOWERING CEILING AND DARKNESS,DURING THE LANDING THE GEAR COLLAPSED FROM OVERLOAD. THE PILOT WAS DELAYED IN HIS DEPARTURE FOR MAINTENANCE AND SERVICE.INCREASING CLOUDS AND DARKNESS AND HIS INABILITY TO LOCATE TWO OF HIS ALTERNATES PUT HIM INTO A SITUATION AND HE ELECTEDTO LAND OFF AIRPORT IN AN OPEN FIELD RATHER THAN RISK FURTHER FLIGHT.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK

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