NTSB Identification: ATL82FA080
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 20, 1982 in FRANCISCO, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/20/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N738QS
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 NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT RECEIVED A PARTIAL WEATHER BRIEFING BY TELEPHONE, BUT HUNG UP WHEN HE OBTAINED THE INFORMATION THAT HE REQUESTED. FBO PERSONNEL STATED THAT HE LOOKED AND ACTED TIRED BEFORE TAKING OFF AT 0022 EST. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE PLANE WAS REPORTED AS MISSING. AN AIRBORNE SEARCH WAS STARTED AT 0700 AND THE PLANE WAS FOUND AT 0730. A LOCAL RESIDENT HAD HEARD A CRASH AT ABOUT 0100, BUT HE THOUGHT IT WAS AN AUTOMOBILE ON A NEARBY ROAD. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THERE WERE LOW CEILINGS WITH FOG AND HAZE IN THE AREA. AN EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALEDTHAT THE PLANE HAD CRASHED IN A STEEP DIVE.

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:

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

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:

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE


Contributing Factors

FATIGUE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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