NTSB Identification: ATL82FKW09
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, August 09, 1982 in LAFAYETTE, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/09/1983
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AA-1, registration: N5628L
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.

THE ACFT CRASHED WHILE APPARENTLY TRYING TO LAND IN A FIELD DRG IFR CONDITIONS AFTER LOSS OF A TOP ENG COWLING. THE PLT HAD JUST MADE A MAY DAY TRANSMISSION THAT HE HAD LOST HIS COWLING. IT COULD NOT BE DETERMINED WHETHER THE COWLING WAS LOST BEFORE OR AFTER HE ENTERED INTO THE WEATHER. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES THE OVERCAST WAS 100 FT AND VISIBILITY LESS THAN 1/2 MILE IN FOG. THE WEATHER DATA CITED ABOVE WAS THE OFFICIAL WEATHER RECORDED AT BOWL GREEN, KY.

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

COOLING SYSTEM,COWLING..SEPARATION


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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