NTSB Identification: LAX07LA140.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 29, 2007 in Carlsbad, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/30/2008
Aircraft: Cessna 182Q, registration: N97287
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

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After takeoff on runway 24, air traffic control instructed the pilot to climb and maintain 5,000 feet, turn to a heading of 060 degrees, and proceed direct to a navigation aid. The pilot acknowledged the controller's instruction. Approximately 2 minutes later, the controller asked what the pilot was doing and there was no response. A witness observed the airplane coming out of the base of a 700-foot overcast cloud layer in a steep nose down attitude just before it impacted the ocean. The airplane and the pilot were not recovered from the water. According to acquaintances, the pilot had recently began to get into flying again. On a medical certificate dated 4 months prior to the accident, the pilot reported 0 flight hours in the preceding 6 months. The pilot's flight time records were not located and the investigation could not establish the pilot's recent flying experience or instrument currency. According to the weather observations and reports, the tops of the overcast layer were 2,000 feet.

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

the pilot's loss of control due to spatial disorientation.

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