NTSB Identification: CHI82FA019
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 04, 1982 in FORT WAYNE, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/04/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA T337G, registration: N2CU
Injuries: 2 Fatal,2 Serious.

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.

ON 1/31/83 AT 2134 CST, THE ACFT DEPARTED GRAND ISLAND, NE ON AN IFR FLT PLAN TO TOLEDO, OH, WITH APPX 125 GAL OF FUEL ON BOARD. WHILE EN ROUTE, THE PLT RECEIVED UPDATED WX FOR TOLEDO. AT THAT TIME, THE TOLEDO WX WAS INDEFINITE 100 FT OBSCD, VIS 1-1/2 MI WITH RAIN & FOG, PRESSURE FALLING RAPIDLY. THE PLT CHANGED HIS DESTINATION TO AN ALTN ARPT AT FT WAYNE, WHERE, AT THAT TIME, THE WX WAS 400 FT OVC, VIS 3 MI WITH LGT RAIN & FOG. BY THE TIME, THE ACFT HAD ARRIVED IN THE FT WAYNE AREA, THE CEILING HAD DROPPED TO 200 FT OVC. THE PLT WAS CLRD FOR AN APCH TO THE FT WAYNE MUNI ARPT. BY THAT TIME, THE TOWER WAS CLOSED, BUT THE RWY LGTS WERE SET ON BRIGHT. AT APRX 0212, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES THEN IMPACTED THE GND APRX 1.5 MI NE OF THE ARPT, ABOUT 3 HRS, 48 MIN AFTER TKOF, ON A HDG OF 120 DEG. AN EXAM OF THE ENGINE REVEALED NO DISCREPANCIES THAT WOULD HAVE PREVENTED NORMAL OPERATION. THERE WAS EXTSV DMG TO THE FUEL SYS, THE AMOUNT OF FUEL ON BOARD BRF IMPACT WAS NOT DTRMD, BUT A PAX RPRTD 4 HRS OF FUEL & A RESERVE.

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

IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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