NTSB Identification: ATL83FA237.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22295.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 23, 1983 in MILLHAVEN, GA
Aircraft: LOCKHEED L-18, registration: N333FB
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 ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES DURING AN ATTEMPTED OFF ARPT LANDING AT NIGHT FOR MARIJUANA UNLOADING. THE ACFT WAS BEING FOLLOWED BY A U.S CUSTOMS HELICOPTER, THE OCCUPANTS OF THIS HELICOPTER SAID THE ACFT HAD MADE ONE MISSED APPROACH AND DURING THE GO-AROUND ON THE DOWNWIND LEG THE ACFT DESCENDED UNTIL IT HIT THE TREES. THERE WAS A LAYER OF'SCUD'AT ABOUT 100-200 FT AGL. VISIBILITY UNDER THE LOW LYING INTERMITTANT CLOUD LAYER WAS ABOUT 2 MILES. AFTER THE CRASH THE HELICOPTER LANDED ABOUT 30 YARDS AWAY BUT APPROACH ON FOOT WAS NOT POSSIBLE DUE TO HEAT FROM THE BURNING WRECKAGE.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND
LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT
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