NTSB Identification: NYC82FNA10
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 24, 1982 in TAUNTON, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N80420
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 STUDENT PILOT TOOK OFF AT NIGHT ON AN UNSUPERVISED PLEASURE FLIGHT. HIS PASSENGER DID NOT HOLD ANY TYPE OF PILOT CERTIFICATE. AFTER TAKEOFF, THE PILOT ENCOUNTERED FOG.HE USED THE NBD FOR ORIENTATION AND WAS ABLE TO RETURN TO THE AIRPORT. HE REPORTED OBTAINING VISUAL CONTACT WITH THE RUNWAY AFTER DESCENDING TO 500 FT, BUT WAS TOO HIGH TO LAND. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE STARTED TO MAKE A 360 DEGREE TURN AND DESCEND. HOWEVER, AS HE WAS MAKING THE TURN, HE ENTERED ANOTHER FOG BANK, BECAME DISORIENTED, AND CRASHED INTO TREES.

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:

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..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:

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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