NTSB Identification: ATL84FA033.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22888.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 30, 1983 in BRUNSWICK, GA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172F, registration: N5236F
Injuries: 1 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 ENTERING A CLOUD LAYER ABOUT 500 FT AGL AFTER TAKEOFF. ANOTHER WITNESS OBSERVED THE ACFT'S NAVIGATIONAL LIGHTS IN A CIRCLING MOTION AS THE ACFT PLUNGED TO THE GROUND.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..UNCONTROLLED..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:

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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