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NTSB Identification: NYC84FA163
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27883.
Accident occurred Monday, May 07, 1984 in NEW CUMBERLAND, PA
Aircraft: CESSNA 310K, registration: N6907L
Injuries: 2 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.

THE PLT DEPARTED VFR WITHOUT A FORMAL WX BRIEFING OR FILING A FLT PLAN. THE WX AT DEST WAS VFR WHEN THE PLT DEPARTED. THE FORECAST INDICATED THAT CEILINGS WOULD LOWER. THE WX DID, IN FACT, DETERIORATE WHILE THE FLT WAS ENROUTE AND THE PLT OBTAINED AN IFR CLEARANCE. ATC NOTED THE PLT MAKING ERRATIC RIGHT & LEFT TURNS AND QUERIED THE PLT WHO RESPONDED THEAT 'EVERYTHING WAS FINE'. LATER, THE PLT WAS OBSERVED BY CONTROLLERS ON THE APPRCH HAVING DIFFICULTY NAVIGATION. AGAIN THE PLT WAS QUESTIONED, BUT HE ELECTED TO CONTINUE THE APPRCH. THE PLT WAS ADVISED BY THE CONTROLLER AS THE OM WAS PASSED. THE PLT ACKNOWLEGD AND THERE WAS NO DISTRESS CALL. THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED BY GROUND WITNESSES BELOW THE OVERCAST SKIES PRIOR TO CRASHING 1.1 MILES INSIDE THE OM. THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TRESS, WIRES AND A RESIDENCE. THE ACFT & RESIDENCE WERE DESTROYED BY THE IMPACT & FIRE.


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

  • IFR PROCEDURE..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND
  • UNDERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND
  • LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND
  • LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND
  • CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

Contributing Factors:
  • WEATHER CONDITION..FOG
  • WEATHER CONDITION..BRITTLE FRACTURE
  • PROPER DESCENT RATE..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND
  • WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING
  • PROPER GLIDEPATH..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
  • LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT
  • OBJECT..RESIDENCE
  • OBJECT..TREE(S)
  • OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION
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