NTSB Identification: CHI84LA033.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22400.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 22, 1983 in BURNIPS, MI
Aircraft: AERONCA 7AC, registration: N2172E
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

REPORTEDLY, THE PLT HAD CONSUMED 4 BEERS AFTER 2200 EDT, WHILE AT THE BOSTWICK LAKE INN, THEN CONSUMED ANOTHER BEER AFTER HE LEFT THE INN. AT APRX 0330 EDT, HE & A PASSENGER TOOK OFF FROM AN UNLIT ARPT. THE PLT STATED THAT SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, HE BECAME DISORIENTED & WAS UNABLE TO FIND THE ARPT. HE CONTINUED FLYING UNTIL APRX 0630 EDT, WHEN HE DECIDED TO LAND IN A FIELD DUE TO LOW FUEL QUANTITY. DURING THE LANDING, THE ACFT ENCOUNTERED SOFT TERRAIN & THE RT MAIN GEAR COLLAPSED. THE PLT DID NOT HAVE A VALID BIENNIAL FLT REVIEW & DID NOT MEET THE RECENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR FLYING WITH A PASSENGER AT NIGHT.

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:

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


Contributing Factors

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT


Contributing Factors

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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