NTSB Identification: NYC83FA204.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21415.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 06, 1983 in WISCASSET, ME
Aircraft: BEECH S35, registration: N193H
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 WAS OBSERVED TAKING OFF ON A FOGGY NIGHT WITH A LOW OVERCAST SKY CONDITION. SHORTLY AFTER TAKING OFF, THE PLANE WAS OBSERVED TO TURN AT LOW ALT, THEN ENTER A NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE. THE ACFT CRASHED & THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PLT & PASSENGER WERE FATALLY INJURED. WITNESSES REPORTED THAT THE ENG WAS OPERATING UNTIL IMPACT. A PERSON THAT SAW THE OCCUPANTS AT APRX 2100 EDT REPORTED THE PLT APPEARED INCOHERENT. A TAXI DRIVER THAT TOOK THEM TO THE ARPT REPORTED THAT THE PLT WAS ASLEEP IN THE CAB. THE PASSENGER TOLD THE DRIVER THAT THEY PLANNED TO SLEEP IN THE ACFT A FEW HRS BEFORE DEPARTING. HOWEVER, THE ACFT TOOK OFF & CRASHED AT ABOUT 2250 EDT. APRX 11 MI WEST AT THE BRUNSWICK NAS, THE 1055 EDT WX WAS, IN PART: 100 FT OBSCURED, VISIBILITY 1/8 MI WITH FOG, TEMP & DEW POINT 69 DEG, WIND CALM. A TOXICOLOGICAL CHECK REVEALED THE PLT'S URINE/ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS 0.238%.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

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


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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