NTSB Identification: NYC82DA049
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, February 22, 1982 in WESTERLY, RI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/22/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 421C, registration: N5358J
Injuries: 6 Uninjured.

THE AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN HARD DURING A NIGHT LANDING AFTER THE PILOT ENCOUNTERED ICING CONDITIONS IN FLIGHT. SEVERAL WITNESSES REPORTED THAT THE AIRCRAFT HAD 1/2 TO 3/4 INCH OF ICE ON THE LEADING EDGES OF THE WINGS AND VERTICLE STABILIZER. THE GROSS LANDING WEIGHT OF THE AIRCRAFT WAS ESTIMATED TO BE 7519 LBS WITH THE CENTER-OF- GRAVITY NEAR THE FORWARD LIMIT. THE MAXIMUM CERTIFICATED LANDING WEIGHT WAS 7200 LBS.

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

AIRSPEED..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

WING..ICE


Contributing Factors

WINDOW,FLIGHT COMPARTMENT WINDOW/WINDSHIELD..ICE


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT WEIGHT AND BALANCE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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