NTSB Identification: ATL83FA099.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20676.
Accident occurred Saturday, February 05, 1983 in LASCASSAS, TN
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N8366W
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.

THE ACFT CRASHED IN A FIELD ABOUT 8 MILES AFTER A NIGHT TAKEOFF IN IMC WEATHER. NO FLT PLAN WAS FILED. THE PILOT HAD RECEIVED SEVERAL BRIEFINGS. DURING HIS FINAL BRIEFING THE POSSIBILITY OF ICING WAS DISCUSSED. THE TAKEOFF TIME WAS ABOUT2030 HRS. THE NASHVILLE WEATHER OBSERVATION AT 2026 REPORT A CEILING OF 300 FT AND VISIBILITY OF 2 MILES IN SNOW AND FOG. RESIDENTS IN THE AREA REPORTED THAT FREEZING RAIN AND SNOW WERE FALLING WHEN THE CRASH WAS HEARD. THE ACFT WAS DESTROYED IN THE CRASH AND THE PILOT WAS FATALLY INJURED. THE PILOT WAS NOT INSTRUMENT RATED.

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:

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS

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