NTSB Identification: MIA83FA022
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, November 04, 1982 in NEAR MYAKKA CIT, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/04/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N63836
Injuries: 6 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 WAS WX BRIEFED FOUR TIMES PRIOR TO DEPARTURE & AGAIN ONE MINUTE AFTER TAKEOFF AT 1821 WHEN HE ACTIVATED HIS FLT PLAN. HE WAS ADVISED THAT A COLD FRONT WAS MOVING SE ALONG ST. PETERSBURG & TAMPA, & THE AREA WAS IMC AT THE TIME. AT 1916 THE PLT CALLED FORT MYERS APPROACH CONTROL REPORTING HE WAS LOST & FLYING IN WX. AT 1920 WITNESSES ON THE GROUNDOBSERVED THE ACFT CIRCLING IN & OUT OF CLOUDS ABOUT 300 FT AGL & THEN CRASH.

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

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

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

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

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

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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