NTSB Identification: FTW82FPG08
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 02, 1982 in LITTLE ROCK, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/02/1983
Aircraft: BEECH 19, registration: N9779L
Injuries: 2 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 AIRCRAFT DEPARTED NORTH LITTLE ROCK AIRPORT SOMETIME AFTER 1745 AND WAS NOT SEEN OR HEARD FROM AGAIN. AT APPROXIMATELY 1900 A WITNESS 5 MILES FROM THE AIRPORT HEARD THE SOUND OF A LIGHT AIRCRAFT INCREASING AND DECREASING POWER JUST BEFORE THE SOUND OF IMPACT. THE AIRCRAFT HIT THE GROUND IN AN ALMOST STRAIGHT NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE. THE PILOT'S WIFE STATED THE DIRECTIONAL GYRO OR GYRO COMPASS WAS NOT WORKING PROPERLY & THE PLT & PAX LEFT HOME BETWEEN 1400 & 1500 TO WORK ON IT.

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..INITIATED..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..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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