NTSB Identification: ATL83FA337.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21572.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Monday, August 22, 1983 in MARION, NC
Aircraft: CESSNA 414A, registration: N5ER
Injuries: 4 Minor.

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.

DURING THE TAKEOFF RUN, AT 85 KTS, THE ACFT HIT A BUMP & THE PLT STATED HIS FORWARD VISION WAS OBSTRUCTED BY WATER ON THE WINDSHIELD. HE INSTINCTIVELY PULLED BACK ON THE CONTROLS & BECOME AIRBORNE. HE LOST SIGHT OF THE RIGHT SIDE SET OF RWY LIGHTS & WAS REPORTEDLY FLYING 'BLIND.' THE ACFT DRIFTED LEFT INTO TREES & CAME TO REST IN SHALLOW WATER IN A BACKWATER AREA 150 FT NORTH OF THE DEPARTURE END OF RWY 10. MANY OF THE RWY LIGHTS WERE EITHER NOT OPERATING OR WERE OBSTRUCTED. NO LIGHTS IN THE LAST 1000 FT OF THE RWY WERE BOTH OPERATING & UNOBSTRUCTED. THE NOAA ARPT/FACILITY DIRECTOR CONTAINS A REMARK FOR THE ARPT 'RUNWAY SUBJECT TO FLOODING AFTER VERY HEAVY RAINS.' THIS REMARK DOES NOT APPEARIN THE JEPPESEN 'AIRPORT DIRECTORY' THAT THE PLT WAS USING. AFTER THE ACCIDENT THE PLT STATED HE WALKED THROUGH THE EASTERN END OF THE RWY & FOUND HIMSELF 'UP TO HIS ANKLES' IN ABOUT 3 INCHES OF WATER.

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:

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL/AURAL DETECTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..WATER,GLASSY


Contributing Factors

CHARTS/OTHER MANUALS..INADEQUATE


Contributing Factors

UNSAFE/HAZARDOUS CONDITION WARNING..NOT IDENTIFIED..MANUFACTURER


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY EDGE LIGHTS..INADEQUATE


Contributing Factors

OTHER AIRPORT/RUNWAY MAINTENANCE..INADEQUATE..AIRPORT PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

NOTAMS..NOT ISSUED..AIRPORT PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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