NTSB Identification: ATL83FA060
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, December 11, 1982 in SUMMERVILLE, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/11/1983
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AMERICAN AA-1B, registration: N1621R
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.

ON 12/10/82, THE STUDENT PLT DEPARTED ON A SUPERVISED SOLO X-COUNTRY FROM MOUNDSVILLE, WV TO HUNTINGTON, WV, WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, WV AND BACK TO MOUNDSVILLE. WX CONDS DETERIORATED DRG THE 1ST 2 LEGS OF THE FLT AND THE STUDENT'S FLT INSTRUCTOR (CFI) TOLD HIM TO WAIT FOR THE WX TO IMPROVE. THE STUDENT OBJECTED, BUT RMND OVR NGT. WHEN THE WX DID NOT IMPROVE THE NEXT DAY, THE STUDENT INSISTED HE COULD NOT REMAIN ANOTHER DAY. THE CFI APPROVED A FLT ACROSS THE NEXT RIDGE TO LEWISBURGH, WV, NOT BEYOND, AND SAID HE WOULD ATMT TO PICK HIM UP IN THE AFTERNOON. AFTER THE STUDENT ARRIVED AT LEWISBURGH, THE WX WORSENED (ICG CONDS) & THE CFI CANCELED HIS FLT TO PICK UP THE STUDENT. THE STUDENT INDCD HE WOULD FIND A PLACE TO STAY OVR NGT & TOLD THE CFI HE WLD CALL IN 1-2 HRS. WHEN THE CFI DID NOT GET A CALL, HE INITIATED A RAMP CHECK, THEN A SEARCH. THE STUDENT'S PLANE WAS FOUND WHERE IT FLEW INTO THE SIDE OF A MTN AT NGT. NO PREIMPACT FAILURE OR MALFUNCTIONS WERE FOUND WITH THE AIRFRAME OR ENG.

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

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


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INSTRUCTIONS,WRITTEN/VERBAL..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


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LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


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WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


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WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


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WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS


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OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


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LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


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TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


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TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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