NTSB Identification: MKC82FCQ14
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 06, 1982 in BUNKER HILL, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/06/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA TRI82, registration: N756KD
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 NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT DEPARTED GREAT BEND, KS SOMETIME AFTER 2000 CDT ON 9/6/83 ON A FLIGHT TO LUCAS, KS. ON 9/9/83, THE AIRCRAFT WAS FOUND WHERE IT HAD CRASHED BETWEEN GREAT BEND AND LUCAS. NO PREIMPACT, MECHANICAL FAILURES WERE EVIDENT. THE 2256 WEATHER AT RUSSELL, KS WAS (IN PART) ESTIMATED 25000 BROKEN, VISIBILITY 5 MI WITH FOG, TEMP 63 DEG, DEW POINT 63 DEG. THE WEATHER CONTINUED TO DETERIORATE DURING THE NIGHT. AT 0555 THE NEXT MORNING, THE WEATHER WAS REPORTED AS INDEFINITE CEILING, 100 FT OBSCURED, VISIBILITY 1/2 MI WITH FOG, TEMP AND DEW POINT 61 DEG. THE PILOT HAD NO CURRENT MEDICAL CERTIFICATE, BUT NO PRE-ACCIDENT, MEDICAL PROBLEMS WERE FOUND DURING AN AUTOPSY. THERE WAS NO RECORD THAT THE PILOT HAD OBTAINED A WEATHER BRIEFING.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..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

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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