NTSB Identification: FTW83FA126.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21521.
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 23, 1983 in PINEVILLE, LA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N4862G
Injuries: 2 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 OWNER, AN INSTRUCTOR PLT (CFI), WAS IN THE RIGHT FRONT SEAT & A PRIVATE PLT WITH NO INSTRUMENT RATING WAS IN THE LEFT FRONT SEAT. DURING ARRIVAL, THE AIRCREW HAD INQUIRED ABOUT THE WX AT THE ESLER REGIONAL ARPT, HOWEVER, THE FSS & THE UNICOM HAD CLOSED EARLIER THAT NIGHT & CURRENT WX OBSERVATIONS WERE NOT AVAILABLE. AT THAT TIME, THE ENGLAND AFB WX WAS CLEAR, VISIBILITY 3 MI WITH FOG. THE AIRCREW ELECTED TO MAKE AN APCH TO 'SEE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.' DURING AN ILS APCH AT NIGHT, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES. INITIAL IMPACT OCCURRED WITH A TREE LIMB APRX 40 FT AGL. AT APRX 0247 CDT, 2 WITNESSES HEARD THE ACFT FLYING LOW OVER THEIR HOMES, JUST BEFORE CRASHING. THEY REPORTED THE ENG SOUNDED NORMAL PRIOR TO IMPACT. ONE WITNESS, A HIGHWAY PATROLMAN LESS THAN 150 YARDS FROM THE CRASH SITE, REPORTED THE ACCIDENT & INITIATED A SEARCH, BUT WAS DELAYED IN FINDING THE ACFT DUE TO DARKNESS & FOG. THE 0300 CDT WX AT ENGLAND AFB WAS 600 FTOVERCAST, PARTIAL OBSCURATION WITH FOG. THE CFI HAD BEEN AWAKE SINCE 0400 THE PREV DAY, CONTD TRIP TO GET BACK TO WORK.

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

DECISION HEIGHT..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

MISSED APPROACH..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

FATIGUE..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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