NTSB Identification: NYC82FHD06
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 03, 1982 in TOMS RIVER, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/03/1983
Aircraft: TED SMITH AEROSTAR 600, registration: N9759Q
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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 PILOT STATED THAT DURING A VOR APPROACH, HE BROKE OUT AT 600 FT AND GOT THE RUNWAY IN SIGHT. HE REPORTED THAT THE VISIBILITY DROPPED FREQUENTLY, BUT HE WAS ABLE TO KEEP THE RUNWAY IN SIGHT UNTIL HE WAS ABOUT 200 YARDS FROM THE RUNWAY. HE STATED THAT THE VISIBILITY WENT TO ZERO AT THAT POINT. HE INITIATED A MISSED APPROACH, AND AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME, THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK A PINE TREE, BUT CONTINUED FLYING. THE PILOT DECLARED AN EMERGENCY AND REQUESTED RADAR VECTORS TO MCGUIRE AFB. ON THE FIRST APPROACH TO MCGUIRE AFB, THE AIRCRAFT WAS TOO HIGH. A SECOND APPROACH WAS REQUESTED AND A LANDING WAS MADE WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:MISSED APPROACH..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND
LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT
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