NTSB Identification: NYC82FA050
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, March 11, 1982 in BLOOMFIELD, CT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/11/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA T337C, registration: N7721X
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.

AT 0630 & 0800 THE PLT RECEIVED WX BRIEFING FOR AN IFR FLT TO BRIDGEPORT, CT & WAS ADVISED OF FLT PRECAUTIONS FOR ICING, LOW CEILINGS & VISIBILITIES. THE FLT DEPARTED AT 0907. AT 1118 THE PLT DIVERTED TO WINDSOR LOCKS FOR LANDING AT BRADLEY INTL ARPT BECAUSE OF REPORTED WEATHER BELOW LANDING MINIMUMS AT HIS DESTINATION & ALTERNATE, WHITE PLAINS, NY. THE FLT WAS VECTORED FOR AN ILS RWY 06 APPROACH. AFTER PASSING THE OUTER MARKER INBOUND, BRADLEY TOWER RECEIVED A LOW ALTITUDE ALERT AT AN ALTITUDE OF 1900 FT FOR THE ACFT. THE CONTROLLER ADVISED THE PLT OF THE ALERT & RECEIVED AN UNINTELLIGIBLE REPLY, FOLLOWED BY "I'M FIGHTING." THE CONTROLLER OBSERVED THE ACFT TURN SLIGHTLY TO THE LEFT & THEN MAKEA CIRCLE TO THE RIGHT. GROUND WITNESSES OBSERVED THE ACFT MANEUVERING AT TREE-TOP LEVEL. THE ACFT CAME TO REST ORIENTED ON A 355 DEG MAGNETIC HEADING & LOCATED ON THE EXTENDED APPROXIMATE CENTERLINE OF 3.5 MI SOUTHWEST FROM THE APPROACH END OF RWY 06.

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

IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DECISION HEIGHT..BELOW..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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