NTSB Identification: MKC83FA017
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Monday, November 08, 1982 in NORFOLK, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/08/1983
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AMERICAN GA-7, registration: N715GA
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Minor.

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 AND CRASHED IN AN OPEN MEADOW DURING AN INSTRUMENT APPROACH AT NIGHT. THE PILOT SAID THE LANDING LIGHTS REFLECTED IN HIS EYES DURING APPROACH SO HE TURNED THEM OFF. THE PILOT FAILED TO OBTAIN THE LATEST WEATHER BEFORE HIS APPROACH. THE WEATHER WAS BELOW MINIMUMS FOR THE APPROACH. HE DESCENDED BELOW HIS MDA AND WAS CLIMBING BACK TO MDA WHEN COLLISION OCCURRED.

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

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

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

DECISION HEIGHT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..BELOW APPROACH/LANDING MINIMUMS

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