NTSB Identification: NYC83FA039
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, December 03, 1982 in MONTICELLO, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 401, registration: N4073Q
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.

THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH TREES DURING AN INSTRUMENT APPROACH TO SULLIVAN COUNTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. AN IFR FLIGHT PLAN WAS FILED AND THE WEATHER WAS IMC. IT APPEARS THAT THE PILOT DID NOT RECEIVE A COMPLETE AND CURRENT WEATHER BRIEFINGS AND GOT HIS WEATHER SECOND-HAND FROM THE PILOT ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR THE FLIGHT. THE ACCIDENT PILOT WENT BELOW HIS DECISION HEIGHT AND IN POST ACCIDENT DISCUSSIONS SEEMED UNSURE OF MISSED APPROACH PROCEDURES. THE VISIBILITY REPORTED WAS BELOW MINUMUMS FOR THE ACCIDENT.

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

MISSED APPROACH PROCEDURE..INACCURATE

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:

IFR PROCEDURE..NOT FOLLOWED..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:

WEATHER CONDITION..BELOW APPROACH/LANDING MINIMUMS

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

DESCENT..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DECISION HEIGHT..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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