NTSB Identification: ATL83FKM01
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, November 27, 1982 in NEAR MAIDER, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/27/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N53460
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 PILOT CRASHED INTO TREES 6 MILES EAST OF MAIDEN, NC IN DETERIORATING WEATHER. WITNESSES DESCRIBED THE WEATHER AS RAINY AND FOGGY IN THE AREA OF CRASH. SOME HEARD THE AIRCRAFT FLYING LOW BEFORE COLLIDING WITH TREES. THE PILOT WAS OFF COURSE FOR STATESVILLE EVEN AFTER BEING GIVEN A HEADING STEER BY HICKORY, NC. WHEN HE DID NOT FOLLOW THE COURSE TO STATESVILLE, THE HICKORY RADIO OPERATORS TRIED TO STEER HIM TO HICKORY ON A HEADING OF 305 DEGREES. HE SAID HE WAS ESTABLISHED ON THIS HEADING. THIS WAS AT 2003. NO FURTHER TRANSMISSIONS FROM N53460 WERE RECEIVED. ABOUT 22 MI NORTHWEST AT HICKORY, NC, THE WEATHER WAS REPORTED AS 2000 FT OVC, 7 MI VIS WITH FOG. A LOCAL RESIDENT STATED THAT IT WAS RAINING, FOGGY AND DARK AT THE ACCIDENT SITE.

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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