NTSB Identification: ATL82FA140
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 20, 1982 in HOLLY SPRINGS, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/20/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA T210M, registration: N761UR
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.

PRIOR TO DEPARTING NEW BERN AT 1837 THE PLT CALLED HIS OFFICE & STATED HE HAD RECEIVED A WX REPORT FOR SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ALONG HIS ROUTE OF FLT. AT 2020 & 2052 HE CONTACTED ATL FLT WATCH FOR WX ADVISORIES. HE WAS ADVISED THAT THE WX RADAR WAS OUT OF SERVICE BUT RADAR SUMMARY CHARTS INDICATED HE MIGHT ENCOUNTER RAIN SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AREA OF TOCCOA & HARRIS VOR. AT 2105 THE PLT CALLED FLT WATCH AGAIN & REPORTED ENCOUNTERING IFR. FLT WATCH REPLIED THEY DID NOT HAVE RADAR AVAILABLE & TO CONTACT ATL CENTER. THE PLT DID NOT ACKNOWLEDGE & FURTHER ATTEMPTS TO CONTACT THE PLT WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. THE ACFT CRASHED IN A NEAR VERTICAL ATTITUDE. AT THE TIME THE PLT CONTACTED FLT WATCHHE WAS NOT PROVIDED PERTINENT INFORMATION FROM THE AREA FORECAST FOR CLOUDS AT 2,000-3,000 FT SCATTERED VARIABLE BROKEN WITH A CHANCE OF CEILINGS/VISIBILITIES AT OR BELOW 1,000 FT & 3 MI IN THUNDERSTORMS WITH MODERATE RAIN SHOWERS.

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..IMPROPER..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..THUNDERSTORM


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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