NTSB Identification: DEN83FA084.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20687.
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 23, 1983 in HUNTSVILLE, UT
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N9377X
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 AFCT COLLIDED WITH A TREE AND CRASHED DURING A GO-AROUND. THE WEATHER WAS IMC AND THE PILOT AND PASSENGER WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED. THE PILOT RECEIVED A WEATHER BRIEFING AND WAS TOLD THAT VFR FLT, ON HIS INTENDED ROUTE, WAS NOT RECOMMENDED DUE TO LOW CEILINGS AND SNOW SHOWERS. THE PILOT WAS NOT INSTRUMENT RATED. HE INITIATED THE FLT ANYWAY AND ENCOUNTERED THE WEATHER IN A VALLEY NEAR HUNTSVILLE. HUNTSVILLE IS SURROUNDED BY MOUNTAINS. THE PILOT CIRCLED THE HUNTSVILLE AREA FOR ABOUT 1 HOUR WHILE TALKING TO FSS AND THE SHERIFFS DEPT. THE WEATHER WAS DETERIORATING AND THE PILOTWAS TRYING TO LOCATE THE CAR LIGHTS ON THE LANDING STRIP SET UP BY THE SHERIFF. THE PILOT FOUND THE STRIP AND MADE 3 ATTEMPTS TO LAND. ON THE 3RD ATTEMPT HE TOUCHED DOWN. THE ACFT STARTED SWERVING ACCORDING TO THE PILOT AND HE STARTED A GO-AROUND. THE ACFT WING HIT A LARGE TREE AND CRASHED 99 FT BEYOND THE TREE.

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:

JUDGMENT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

ABORTED LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW

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