NTSB Identification: CHI84FA058.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23853.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Friday, December 09, 1983 in PUT-IN-BAY, OH
Aircraft: CESSNA 207, registration: N208JP
Injuries: 4 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 & 3 PASSENGERS TOOK OFF AT NIGHT ON AN OVER WATER FLT TO AN ISLAND IN LAKE ERIE TO PROVIDE HELP TO A HEART PATIENT. NO FLT PLAN WAS FILED & NO RECORD OF A WX BRIEFING WAS FOUND. REPORTEDLY, AFTER TAKEOFF, THE ACFT DISAPPEARED IN A CLOUD OR HAZE. ALSO AFTER DEPARTING, SHERIFF'S PERSONNEL RECEIVED A RADIO CALL FROM THE ACFT STATING 'WE ARE IN IT.' ACCORDING TO LOCAL RESIDENTS, THERE WAS PATCHY FOG IN THE AREA. WHEN THE ACFT DID NOT ARRIVE AT ITS DESTINATION, A SEARCH WAS INITIATED. THE PLANE WAS FOUND IN LAKE ERIE ALONG THE EXPECTED ROUTE OF FLT. THE ACFT WAS INTACT, EXCEPT THE ENG WAS LOOSE FROM THE FIREWALL & THERE WAS MAJOR DAMAGE TO THE RIGHT, OUTER WING PANEL. NO PREIMPACT/MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION/FAILURE WAS FOUND. ABOUT 45 MI WEST AT TOLEDO, OH, THE 2150 WX IN PART WAS: 1500 FT OVERCAST, VISIBILITY VARIABLE 1 TO 2 MI WITH FOG, TEMP 32, DEW POINT 31, WIND FROM 330 DEG AT 4 KTS.

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

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

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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