NTSB Identification: FTW83FRG04
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, December 19, 1982 in NEAR MCALLEN, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/19/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 182L, registration: N42717
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 AIRCRAFT DEPARTED MCALLEN, TX AT 1903 CST TO AN UNKNOWN DESTINATION. DURING DEPARTURE, IT WAS OBSERVED HEADING NORTHWEST. ABOUT 1 1/2 HRS LATER, IT WAS AGAIN OBSERVED IN THE VICINITY, ABOUT 7 MILES NORTHWEST OF MCALLEN, TX. WITNESSES STATED THAT THE PLANE MADE SEVERAL PASSES WITH NO LIGHTS ON, THEN CRASHED AND BURNED. TWO OF THE WITNESSES THOUGHT THE PILOT WAS LANDING WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. AFTER THE CRASH, VOICES WERE HEARD IN THE AREA. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE PLANE'S RIGHT WING HAD STRUCK A TREE BEFORE GROUND IMPACT. ABOUT 200 LBS OF MARIJUANA WAS ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT AND ANOTHER 200 LBS WAS LOCATED ON THE GROUND IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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