NTSB Identification: FTW82FRG30
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 09, 1982 in ARMSTRONG, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 182E, registration: N9330X
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.

BEFORE TAKING OFF, THE PILOT REVIEWED THE WEATHER IN PERSON AT THE COLLEGE STATION FSS, BUT DECLINED AN OFFICIAL WEATHER BRIEFING. HE DEPARTED IN GOOD VFR CONDITIONS AND FLEW INTO AN AREA OF KNOWN AND FORCASTED LOW CEILINGS. WHILE EN ROUTE, HIS FLIGHT PATH WAS OVER AN UNINHABITED RANCH LAND BETWEEN KINGSVILLE AND BROWNSVILLE, TX. BY THIS TIME, IT WAS A DARK NIGHT WITHOUT ANY VISIBLE GROUND REFERENCES. AT 2056 CDT, THE PILOT CONTACTED THE ALICE FSS AND REQUESTED THE BROWNSVILLE WEATHER. THE 1845 CDT WEATHER (1300 FT OVERCAST) WAS PROVIDED AND THE PILOT WAS ADVISED THAT A NEW WEATHER SEQUENCE WOULD BE AVAILABLE AT 2105 CDT. AT 2105, THE FSS TRIED TO CALL THE PILOT, BUT THERE WAS NO REPLY. ON 5/16/82, THE PLANE WAS FOUND WHERE IT HAD CRASHED IN A STEEP DIVE WITH THE RIGHT WING LOW. THE 2055 CDT KINGSVILLE WEATHER WAS: 1500 FT SCATTERED, 2000 FT OVERCAST, VISBIILITY 7 MILES. THE 0854 CDT BROWNSVILLE WEATHER WAS: 1000 FT OVERCAST, VISIBILITY 7 MILES.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..UNCONTROLLED..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..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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