NTSB Identification: FTW83FA142.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22941.
Accident occurred Friday, March 04, 1983 in ORANGE GROVE, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 210-5, registration: N8270Z
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 PLT WAS BELIEVED TO HAVE DEPARTED HEBBRONVILLE MUNI ARPT AT ABOUT 0500 CST. WHEN THE ACFT FAILED TO ARRIVE AT ITS DESTINATION, A SEARCH WAS INITIATED. THE WRECKAGE WAS FOUND WHERE IT CRASHED IN AN AREA OF MESQUITE TREES & BRUSH, ABOUT HALFWAY BETWEEN THE DEPARTURE POINT & THE DESTINATION. AN EXAM OF THE CRASH SITE REVEALED THE ACFT CRASHED WHILE IN ABOUT A 15 DEG RIGHT BANK, SLIGHTLY NOSE LOW ATTITUDE. ABOUT 5 MI SOUTH-SOUTHWEST, THE 0559 CST ALICE WX WAS: MEASURED 600 FT OVERCAST, VISIBILITY 3 MI WITH FOG. NO EVIDENCE OF A PREIMPACT, MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE WAS FOUND.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..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
PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT
WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING
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