NTSB Identification: MKC83FA019
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, November 12, 1982 in WICHITA, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/12/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 501, registration: N2627U
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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.

A NON-PILOT MECHANIC EMPLOYED AT THE MANUFACTURER'S FACILITY TOOK OFF IN THE ACFT. THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED ENTERING A VERY STEEP CLIMB & APPEARED TO STALL. THE NOSE WAS LOWERED & THE ACFT TURNED LEFT & ENTERED A DOWNWIND LEG TO RWY 1R. IT THEN TURNED ONTO A LOW BASE LEG & CONTINUED TO A VERY LOW FINAL. AFTER SEVERAL OSCILLATIONS IN ROLL THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN 557 FT SHORT OF THE RWY & COLLIDED WITH APPROACH LIGHT STANCHIONS. THE MECHANIC HAD BEEN & WAS, AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT, UNDER PSYCHIATRIC CARE(SCHIZOPHRENIA).

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..IMPROPER..UNQUALIFIED PERSON


Contributing Factors

STOLEN AIRCRAFT/UNAUTHORIZED USE..INTENTIONAL..UNQUALIFIED PERSON

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