NTSB Identification: NYC82FA188
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, August 09, 1982 in DANBURY, CT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/09/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 310R, registration: N98841
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.

APPROACHING THE DESTINATION ARPT, THE PLT WAS ADVISED TO PLAN A VOR RWY 24 APPROACH & THAT HE WOULD BE TURNED JUST INSIDE THE FAF. AT 0055, NEWARK A/C IDENTIFIED THE ACFT 3 MI NORTH OF THE ARPT STILL AT 2,000 FT & ASKED THE PLT IF HE WAS ABLE TO EXECUTE THE APCH FROM THAT POINT. THE PLT REPLIED NEGATIVE, HE WAS IN THE CLOUDS & COULDN'T SEE THE RWY. THE PLT WAS THEN GIVEN TURNS FOR A VECTOR FOR AN ILS RWY 6 APCH. THE PLT DID NOT RESPOND TO SUBSEQUENT TRANSMISSIONS & AT 0104, KENNEDY APCH ADVISED NEWARK APCH THAT FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON, THEY WERE WORKING THE ACFT. AT 0108 THE PLT RETURNED TO NEWARK APCH FREQ & WAS GIVEN VECTORS TO INTERCEPT THE LOCALIZER. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, NEWARK APCH LOST RADIO CONTACT WITH THE ACFT. BOTH NEWARK APCH & KENNEDY APCH WERE UNSUCCESSFUL IN RE-ESTABLISHING RADIO CONTACT WITH THE PLT. AT 0129 A TARGET WAS OBSERVED OVER WESTCHESTER COUNTY ARPT & AT 0132 THE ACFT WAS OVER DANBURY ARPT. THE ACFT IMPACTED A HILL AT AN ELEVATION OF 700 FT.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


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WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


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WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


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WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


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TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


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TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


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IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


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AIR/GROUND COMMUNICATIONS..NOT RECEIVED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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