NTSB Identification: NYC84FA053.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23722.
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 13, 1983 in GREENWICH, CT
Aircraft: CESSNA R182, registration: N2254T
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 COLLIDED WITH TREES DURING AN ILS APPROACH TO WESTCHESTER ARPT IN NY. THE WEATHER WAS IMC AND AN IFR FLT PLAN WAS FILED. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED DURING THE 2ND ATTEMPT WITH THE 1ST ENDING IN A MISSED APPROACH. IT WAS APPARENT TO THECONTROLLER THAT THE ACFT WAS HAVING DIFFICULTY AND THE CONTROLLER CALLED A WARNING TO THE PLT. THE PLT REPLIED THAT HE HAD NO D.G. SEVERAL VECTORS WERE GIVEN TO THE ACFT WHICH WERE NOT FOLLOWED PRECISELY AND A LOSS OF CONTROL OCCURRED. EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT THE ACFT WAS IN STEEPLY DESCENDING RIGHT TURN AT IMPACT. THE ENGINE WAS BURIED 7 FT INTO MUD ATTESTING TO THE HIGH SPEED AT IMPACT. THIS FLT HAD BEEN DELAYED AT DEPARTURE BECAUSE OF A PROBLEM WITH THE ATTITUDE GYRO. THE PLT WAS INFORMED THAT THE INSTRUMENT SHOULD BE OVERHAULED BECAUSE OF BEARING NOISES AND FLUCUATIONS IN INDICATION.

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

FLIGHT/NAV INSTRUMENTS,ATTITUDE INDICATOR..ERRATIC

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

FLIGHT/NAV INSTRUMENTS,ATTITUDE GYRO..BINDING(MECHANICAL)

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

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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