NTSB Identification: ATL03FA052.
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Accident occurred Saturday, March 01, 2003 in Mount Airy, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/28/2004
Aircraft: Beech BE-36A, registration: N343BA
Injuries: 5 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.

According to the airport manager, the instrument flight collided with the ground shortly after takeoff. Weather at the time of the accident was wind calm, visibility two statue miles, drizzle, ceiling overcast 500 feet, temperature eight degrees Celsius, dew point six degrees Celsius, altimeter 30.00 inches of mercury. Examination of the wreckage site found that the airplane had collided with terrain on the south side of an east-west oriented hill, in a near vertical nose-down attitude. The engine and forward cabin had penetrated the ground to a depth of about eight feet. The wreckage examination failed to disclose anomalies with the airframe or systems.

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

The pilots failure to maintain control of the aircraft due to spatial disorientation. A factor was low clouds.

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