NTSB Identification: FTW82FQA14
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 20, 1982 in FORT SUMNER, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/20/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 182Q, registration: N759QR
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 PLANE CRASHED AND BURNED ON A DARK MOONLESS NIGHT AFTER IMPACTING IN A NOSE LOW ATTITUDE. THE CRASH SITE WAS LOCATED NEAR THE HOME OF THE PILOT'S FRIEND WHERE THE PILOT HAD VISITED EARLIER IN THE EVENING. AFTER IMPACTING IN SOFT, LEVEL, SANDY SOIL, THE MAIN WRECKAGE BOUNCED AND CAME TO REST ABOUT 162 FT FROM THE IMPACT POINT. EXCEPT FOR THE ENGINE, EMPENNAGE, AND PORTIONS OF THE WINGS, THE AIRCRAFT HAD DISINTEGRATED. A TOXICALOGY CHECK OF THE PILOT'S BLOOD INDICATED A BLOOD/ALCOHOL LEVEL OF 135 MG PERCENT. ALTHOUGH THE SKY WAS CLEAR, ANOTHER PILOT REPORTED A LACK OF REFERENCES TO THE HORIZON FROM HIS POSITION ON THE FT SUMNER AIRPORT WHEN HE SAW THE PLANE DEPART.

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:

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..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

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL DETECTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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