NTSB Identification: NYC83FNC09.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22227.
Accident occurred Thursday, August 04, 1983 in ENOSBURG FALLS, VT
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N5326R
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 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.

THE PLT REPORTED THAT WHEN HE WAS ON FINAL TO LAND ON A DARK NIGHT, THE ACFT HAD ELECTRICAL FAILURE & HE HAD NO LIGHTS. HE REPORTED THAT THIS OCCURRED WHEN HE HAD STARTED HIS FLARE & THAT WAS ALL HE COULD REMEMBER UNTIL AFTER HE HAD REGAINED CONSCIOUSNESS AFTER THE ACCIDENT. WITNESSES REPORTED THAT THE PLT MADE 3 ATTEMPTS TO LAND. AFTER THE 3RD ATTEMPT, THE ACFT CRASHED INTO A SMALL BUILDING, LOCATED APRX 75 FT SOUTH OF RWY 27. THE RWY WAS UNLIGHTED. IT WAS BORDERED ALONG THE SOUTH SIDE BY A ROW OF MOBILE HOMES & PARKED ACRFT. REPORTEDLY, THE PLT HAD LANDED THERE BEFORE AT NIGHT WHILE THE MOBILE HOME LIGHTS WERE ON, BUT DURING THIS LANDING (AT APRX 0230 EDT), THE LIGHTS WERE NOT ON. FIVE HOURS AFTER THE ACCIDENT, THE PILOT'S BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS 0.043%.

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:

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY EDGE LIGHTS..UNAVAILABLE


Contributing Factors

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM..UNDETERMINED


Contributing Factors

NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..BUILDING(NONRESIDENTIAL)

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