NTSB Identification: FTW83FQA03
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 28, 1982 in RESERVE, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/28/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA T210M, registration: N732SK
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 AIRCRAFT CRASHED SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS WHILE IT WAS STILL DARK. A CHECK AT THE AIRPORT REVEALED A PLANE WAS MISSING. A FURTHER CHECK WITH THE OWNER WAS MADE WHICH REVEALED THE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN STOLEN. THE PLANE HAD BEEN SECURED WITH A WHEEL LOCK, BUT SOMEONE HAD CUT THE LOCK WITH A TORCH. ALL THE VEHICLES AND OTHER AIRCRAFT HAD HEAVY FROST ON THEIR WINDSHIELDS. THE TEMPERATURE WAS ABOUT 8 DEG. WITNESSES AGREED THAT THE PILOT HAD STARTED THE PLANE, TAXIED A SHORT DISTANCE AND TOOK OFF WITHOUT WARMING THE TURBOCHARGED ENGINE. REPORTEDLY, THE SURROUNDING HILLS WERE VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO SEE. THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED AS IT PASSED OVER THE CREST OF A HILL ABOUT 2 MI FROM THE AIRPORT. DURING THE ACCIDENT, IT IMPACTED WITH TREES WHILE BANKED ABOUT 45 DEG TO THE LEFT. AFTER HITTING THE TREES, THE PLANE REMAINED AIRBORNE FOR SOME 474 FT BEFORE IMPACTING THE GROUND AND BURNING.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

STOLEN AIRCRAFT/UNAUTHORIZED USE..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT



Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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