NTSB Identification: CHI82FA032
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 23, 1982 in LONDON, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/23/1983
Aircraft: BEECH A23A, registration: N6940Q
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 RECEIVED TWO WEATHER BRIEFINGS FOR A FLIGHT FROM COLUMBUS TO SPRINGFIELD, OHIO. VFR FLIGHT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED. THE PILOT TOOK OFF AFTER THE TOWER CLOSED AT 2300 EST. AT ABOUT 2341 A WITNESS NEAR THE CRASH SITE HEARD THE LOUD SOUND OF AN AIRCRAFT ENGINE, BUT DID NOT HEAR THE CRASH. HE REPORTED THAT THE VISIBILITY WAS LIMITED BY BLOWING SNOW IN STRONG WINDS. THE WRECKAGE WAS FOUND ON 1/28/82 ABOUT 1/2 MILE FROM THE HOME OF THE WITNESS. EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED IT HAD CRASHED IN A STEEP DIVE.

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:

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..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..TURBULENCE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW

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