NTSB Identification: LAX82FVG14
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 17, 1982 in DAVIS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/17/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 150M, registration: N63182
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 NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT HAD RECENTLY RECEIVED A NIGHT CHECKOUT ON 1/8/82 AND WAS SCHEDULED TO HAVE BEEN ON A PRACTIVE NIGHT FLIGHT. THE THREE NEAREST WEATHER STATIONS REPORTED CEILINGS BETWEEN 200 FT AND 400 FT AND VISIBILITIES FROM 3/4 TO 1 1/2 MILES WITH FOG. THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED ABOUT ONE MILE SOUTH OF THE AIRPORT AND ABOUT 1/2 MILE WEST OF THE RUNWAY CENTERLINE. MATERIAL FROM THE LEFT WING WAS FOUND AT THE INITIAL IMPACT POINT. AFTER IMPACT, THE AIRCRAFT TRAVELED 75 FT ON A HEADING OF 170 DEGREES. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED NO FAILURES OF THE AIRCRAFT OR ENGINE. THERE WAS NO RECORD OF A PREFLIGHT WEATHER BRIEFING.

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

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

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

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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