NTSB Identification: LAX83LA058
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, December 12, 1982 in MERCED, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/12/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 206, registration: N4687F
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE TRANSCRIPT REVEALED THAT THE PLT WAS CLEARED FOR AN ILS RWY 30 APCH APPROXIMATELY 2 MI FROM THE OUTER MARKER. THE WX GIVEN TO THE PLT AT THAT TIME WAS INDEFINITE CEILING ZERO, SKY OBSCURED & VISIBILITY ZERO WITH FOG. THE PLT STATED AN INSTRUMENT APCH WAS PLANNED BUT A CLEAR AREA WAS OBSERVED SOUTH OF THE ARPT. THE CLEAR AREA WAS ENTERED & AN ATTEMPT MADE TO FLY TO THE ARPT BENEATH THE FOG. THE ACFT STRUCK A UTILITY POLE WEST OF THE RWY 30 LOCALIZER COURSE, CIRCLED LEFT & CRASHED. THE ACFT'S GLIDE SLOPE RECEIVER SENSITIVITY WAS FOUND TO BE BELOW THE MANUFACTURER'S SPECIFICATIONS, WHICH WOULD HAVE RESULTED IN A GLIDE SLOPE "OFF" INDICATION IN THE COCKPIT.

Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..BELOW APPROACH/LANDING MINIMUMS


Contributing Factors

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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