NTSB Identification: FTW83FPG02
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, November 11, 1982 in NEAR PARIS, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/11/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA R172K, registration: N736QD
Injuries: 2 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 PLT & PAX WERE ON A FLT FROM AMARILLO, TX TO LITTLE ROCK, AR. AN ENROUTE STOP WAS MADE AT HASKELL, OK AT APPR 1900 TO REFUEL. THE OWNER OF THE AFPT AT HASKELL STATED THAT THE PLANE ARRIVED IN A FAIRLY HEAVY RAINSTORM. AT THAT TIME, A WINTER TYPE COLD FRONT WAS MOVING EAST THRU TEXAS, OKLAHOMA & ARKANSAS. NUMEROUS THUNDERSTORMS & HEAVY RAINSTORMS WERE PRESENT & A TORNADO WATCH WAS IN EFFECT FROM 2130 TO 0100 FOR EASTERN OKLAHOMA AND WEST ARKANSAS. THE ARPT OWNER SUGGESTED WAITING OVER NIGHT & OFFERED ACCOMODATIONS, BUT SAID THE PLT & PAX WERE IN A HURRY. REPORTEDLY, RAIN WAS FALLING QUITE HEAVILY WHEN THEY WENT TO THE ACFT. THEY WAITED UNTIL THE STORM SUBSIDED THEN TKOF; HOWEVER, THEIR PLANNED ROUTE WOULD HAVE TAKEN THEM THRU THE SAME STORM. AT APPRX 2010 A WITNESS NEAR THE CRASH SITE HEARD VARIATIONS IN ENGINE PWR. HE WENT OUTSIDE & OBSERVED THE PLANE APPRX 10 TO 15 SEC BFR IT WENT OUT OF SIGHT THEN HEARD ON EXPLOSION & SAW A FIREBALL WHEN THE PLANE HIT A MTN SIDE AT NGT. NO PREIMPACT ENGINE FAILURE WAS FOUND.

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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