NTSB Identification: ATL82FLT03
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 20, 1982 in GREENFIELD, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/20/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N737QS
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.

WITNESSES REPORTED THAT THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED AFTER THE PILOT HAD BEEN MAKING LOW PASSES FOR ABOUT 15 TO 30 MINUTES. IN THE VICINITY OF A 30 FT POLE, THE PILOT MADE A RIGHT TURN AND THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK THE TOP OF A 45 FT TREE. THE AIRCRAFT CONTINUED OVER A SMALL WOODED AREA AND STRUCK THE TOP OF A 60 FT TREE, THEN CRASHED IN A CLEARING. ALL OF THE WITNESSES REPORTED THAT THE ENGINE SOUNDED NORMAL PRIOR TO IMPACT.

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:

BUZZING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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