NTSB Identification: ATL82FKQ09
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 12, 1982 in ABERDEEN, MS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/12/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 414, registration: N7706
Injuries: 3 Minor.

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 CRASHED ABOUT 3 HRS AFTER TAKING OFF WITH 4 1/2 HOURS OF FUEL ON BOARD. HE CRASHED WHILE ATTEMPTING AN OFF-AIRPORT LANDING IN A LARGE FIELD. THE FIELD WAS LOCATED LESS THAN HALF WAY TO HIS DESTINATION. THE SHERIFF REPORTED MINIMUM VISIBILITY WITH SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN. THE OCCUPANTS RECEIVED ONLY MINOR INJURIES, BUT THE PLANE WAS DESTROYED BY IMPACT AND GROUND FIRE. AN EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF A PRE-IMPACT MALFUNCTION/FAILURE OF THE ENGINE OR INFLIGHT FIRE. THE PILOT PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING ACCOUNT: HE WAS CRUISING ABOVE AN OVERCAST AT 17,500 FT WHEN THE LEFT ENGINE BEGAN CUTTING OUT AND FORCED HIM TO DESCEND THROUGH THE CLOUDS; HE DESCENDED TO VFR CONDITIONS AT 1200 FT AGL OVER SNOW COVERED TERRAIN AND DETERMINED HIS LOCATION BY VIEWING A WATER TOWER; HE THE ELECTED TO LAND IN A FIELD WHEN HE SAW SMOKE AND FIRE COMING FROM THE ENGINE COWLING; WHILE LANDING, THE LEFT WING DROPPED AND TOUCHED DOWN FIRST.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS

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