NTSB Identification: MIA82FLA07
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 26, 1982 in OAK HILL, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/26/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N8091E
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 COLLIDED WITH TREES WHILE FLYING IN FOG AND RAIN ON A DARK NIGHT. THIS OCCURRED SHORTLY AFTER THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT CANCELED HIS VFR FLIGHT PLAN. NEITHER THE PILOT NOR THE PASSENGER COULD REMEMBER THE DETAILS OF THE CRASH. THE PILOT STATED THE WEATHER WAS VFR. THE PASSENGER REPORTED THAT THEY WERE CLEAR OF CLOUDS UNTIL NORTH OF MELBOURNE, FL. HE RECALLED THAT AT ABOUT 0200 EDT, THEY FLEW INTO HEAVY CLOUDS WITH LIGHT RAIN. THEREAFTER, HE COULD NOT RECALL WHAT HAD HAPPENED. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE SUSPECTED POSSIBLE CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING. HOWEVER, AN INSPECTION OF THE HEATER MUFF AND EXHAUST SYSTEM WAS MADE AND ONLY ONE SMALL CRACK WAS FOUND WHICH WAS LOCATED IN THE EXHAUST TAILPIPE OUTBOARD OF THE HEATER MUFF SHROUD.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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