NTSB Identification: MIA82FA088
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, March 29, 1982 in ORMOND BEACH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/29/1983
Aircraft: MOONEY M2OJ, registration: N1118R
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 NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT HAD FILED FOR AN IFR CLIMB TO VFR-ON-TOP. HE TOOK OFF AFTER RECEIVING A CLEARANCE TO THE BULLI INTERSECTION WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO MAINTAIN 9000 FT, IF NOT VFR-ON-TOP BY THAT ALTITUDE. AT 1720 EST, THE PILOT TRANSMITTED THAT HE WAS INITIATING A TAKEOFF. HE CALLED DAYTONA BEACH DEPARTURE CONTROL WHILE CLIMBING AND RADAR CONTACT WAS ESTABLISHED AT 1722 EST. AT 1724, HE REPORTED CLIMBING THROUGH 1600 FT; HOWEVER, ABOUT ONE MINUTE LATER, RADIO AND RADAR CONTACT WERE LOST. GROUND WITNESSES REPORTED OBSERVING THE AIRCRAFT ABOUT ONE MILE FROM THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT AT LOW ALTITUDE. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED IN A WOODED AREA WHILE IN A NEAR VERTICAL FLIGHT PATH. A TREE TRUNK WAS FOUND BELOW THE WRECKAGE PATH THAT HAD BEEN CUT IN THREE PIECES. THE CUT MARKS WERE CONSISTENT WITH DAMAGE FROM A PROPELLER AT HIGH POWER. NO PREIMPACT MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE OF THE AIRCRAFT WAS EVIDENT.

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..IMPROPER USE OF..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:

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..GROUND

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