NTSB Identification: DEN83FTK02
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, November 25, 1982 in BRYANT, SD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/25/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 182Q, registration: N94657
Injuries: 5 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 AIRCRAFT CRASHED IN AN OPEN, FLAT, STUBBLE FIELD JUST SOUTH OF BRYANT SD. THE ANGLE OF IMPACT WAS 45 DEGREES NOSE DOWN, WITH WINGS LEVEL. FIRE AFTER IMPACT CONSUMED MOST OF THE WRECKAGE AND THE 5 OCCUPANTS RECEIVED FATAL INJURIES. THEWEATHER WAS IFR WITH LOW CEILINGS AND THE NIGHT WAS GETTING DARK EARLIER THAN USUAL. WITNESSES HAD OBSERVED THE AIRCRAFTFLYING VERY LOW AND ALMOST COLLIDING WITH HIGH OBJECTS SUCH AS WATER TANKS. ON HIS LAST PULL-UP OVER THE TOWN THE PILOT APPARENTLY CLIMBED INTO THE CLOUDS. LOST CONTROL IN A STALL AND CAME DOWN AT A STEEP ANGLE. HE WAS NOT INSTRUMENT RATED AND HAD NOT RECEIVED A WEATHER BRIEFING FOR THIS FLIGHT. IRONICALLY THE FIELD HE CRASHED IN WOULD HAVE MADE A GOOD PLACEFOR A LANDING IF HE HAD STAYED IN CONTROL AND COULD HAVE SEEN IT. THE CEILING WAS 700 FEET VISIBILITY 5 MILES.

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

BUZZING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ANXIETY/APPREHENSION..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:

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER CLIMB RATE..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PULL-UP..EXCESSIVE..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

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..OPEN FIELD

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