NTSB Identification: ATL82FA057
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, February 18, 1982 in HYTOP, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/18/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N5552F
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 PILOT FILED AND DEPARTED VFR INTO FORECAST MARGINAL FLIGHT CONDITIONS. WHILE EN ROUTE THE DESTINATION WENT IFR AND THIS INFORMATION WAS PASSED ON TO THE PILOT. THE PILOT REPLIED THAT HE WAS GOING TO CONTINUE ON AND GET AS CLOSE TO CHATTANOOGA AS POSSIBLE. THE LAST RADAR CONTACT WITH THE AIRCRAFT WAS AT 2335 WHEN THE AIRCRAFT WAS OBSERVED TRACKING WESTBOUND AND THEN REVERSING COURSE TO THE EAST.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..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

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN

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