NTSB Identification: ATL86FA058.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30595.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 18, 1986 in RAGLAND, AL
Aircraft: CESSNA 310G, registration: N8983Z
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 ACFT WITH SPUTTERING ENGS WAS HEARD CIRCLING OVERHEAD IN LOW OVERCAST SKIES. THE HORIZONTAL TAIL SURFACES SEPARATED IN-FLT AND CAME TO REST APRX 450 FT FROM THE MAIN WRECKAGE IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. THE STUDENT PLT HAD NO INSTRUMENT EXPERIENCE. THE ACFT HAD BEEN AIRBORNE FOR APRX 3.6 HRS DURING THIS FLT. THE ACFT HAD A TOTAL FLT ENDURANCE OF APRX 3.6 HRS FROM TAKEOFF.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DESIGN STRESS LIMITS OF AIRCRAFT..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

FLIGHT CONTROL,ELEVATOR SURFACE..SEPARATION


Contributing Factors

FUEL SYSTEM..EXHAUSTION


Contributing Factors

FUEL SUPPLY..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

HORIZONTAL STABILIZER SURFACE..SEPARATION


Contributing Factors

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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