NTSB Identification: CHI84FA035.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25546.
Accident occurred Thursday, November 03, 1983 in PORTLAND, IN
Aircraft: CESSNA 150F, registration: N8320G
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 PLT HAD JUST PURCHASED THE ACFT & FLEW A PREVIOUS CO-OWNER TO MONTPELIER, IN, WHERE HE LANDED AT ABOUT DUSK. THE PREVIOUS CO-OWNER DEPLANED. HE SAID THAT AFTER THE ACFT TOOK OFF, HE SAW IT TURN TO THE WEST & DEPART TOWARD MARION. A SHORT TIME LATER, THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED BY NUMEROUS RESIDENTS, CIRCLING OVER PORTLAND, IN, APRX 16 MI SOUTHEAST OF MONTELIER, AT LOW ALT. THE RESIDENTS REPORTED THAT IT WAS MAKING FREQUENT DIVES, CLIMBS & CIRCLES AT LOW ALTITUDES. AT APRX 1830, IT CRASHED WHILE IN A STEEP DIVE. AN EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE WAS MADE, BUT NO PREIMPACT MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE WAS FOUND. HOWEVER, THERE WAS EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE ACFT & EVIDENCE THAT IT HAD IMPACTED AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED. PATHOLOGICAL & TOXICOLOGICAL EXAMS REVEALED NO SIGNIFICATNT FACTORS.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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