NTSB Identification: LAX84FA012.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23249.
Accident occurred Thursday, October 13, 1983 in SCHURZ, NV
Aircraft: CESSNA 210-5 (205), registration: N8370Z
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 ON A CROSSCOUNTRY FLIGHT IN VFR CONDITIONS. THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT ENCOUNTERED INSTRUMENT CONDITIONS AT NIGHT AND LOST CONTROL OF THE ACFT IN FLIGHT. THE POST CRASH INVESTIGATION REVEALED EVIDENCE OF AN INFLIGHT STRUCTURAL FAILURE DUE TO OVERLOADS. THE LAST TRANSMISSION FROM THE PILOT INDICATES HE WAS IN A DIVE AND WAS AWARE OF IT. THE ACFT STRUCK THE GROUND IN A NEAR A VERTICAL ATTITUDE.

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

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

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WING,SPAR..OVERLOAD


Contributing Factors

WING,BRACING STRUT..OVERLOAD


Contributing Factors

QUALIFICATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WING,SPAR..SEPARATION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WING,BRACING STRUT..SEPARATION


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW

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