NTSB Identification: ATL83LA164.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21246.
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 20, 1983 in CLINTON, MD
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N7617T
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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

WITNESSES OBSERVED THAT THE ACFT TOOK OFF FROM RWY 31, BEGAN A LEFT TURN, THEN DESCEND INTO THE TREES. ONE WITNESS, A LINEBOY, STATED THAT HE HEARD THE ENGINE RUNNING UNTIL THE ACFT CONTACTED THE TREES. THE PLT RECEIVED A HEAD INJURY AND WAS UNABLE TO RECALL DETAILS OF THE OCCURRENCE. IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CRASH, HE REPORTEDLY TOLD RESCUE PERSONNEL THAT HE HAD 'HIT A DOWNDRAFT.' ABOUT 6 MI FROM THE ACCIDENT SITE, THE 0955 EST ANDREWS AFB WX OBSERVATION REPORTED WINDS FROM 280 AT 20 GUSTING 26 KTS AND NOTED IN THE REMARKS THAT IT HAD BEEN 330 AT 30 KTS. AT 1019 EST, THE WIND WAS FROM 330 AT 29 KTS. THERE WAS NO RECORD OF THE PLT RECEIVING A WX BRIEFING WHILE PREPARING FOR THE FLT.

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

AIRSPEED..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/MUSH..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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