NTSB Identification: ATL83FID01
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 08, 1982 in BOONES MILL, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/08/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172G, registration: N3957L
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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 PILOT WAS TRYING TO APPROACH ROANOKE IN WEATHER THAT OBSCURED THE MOUNTAIN TOPS. HE CRASHED INTO A MOUNTAIN SLOPE AT THE 2900 FOOT LEVEL. HE HAD CONTACTED ROANOKE RADIO BUT RADAR CONTACT HAD NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED. DURING HIS WEATHER BRIEFING VFR FLIGHT HAD NOT BEEN RECOMMENDED. TWO WITNESSES STATED THAT THEY HEARD THE AIRCRAFT CIRCLE OVERHEAD BEFORE IT CRASHED, BUT THEY WERE UNABLE TO SEE THE PLANE DUE TO HEAVY FOG.

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..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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