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Accident Report Detail

Cessna 335, N8354N

Executive Summary

On October 16, 2000, about 1933 central daylight time (CDT), a Cessna 335, N8354N, crashed near Hillsboro, Missouri. The pilot and two passengers were killed, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was being operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 from the St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS), Cahokia, Illinois, to County Memorial Airport (EIW), New Madrid, Missouri. Instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) prevailed for the flight, which departed CPS about 1915 on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the pilot's failure to control the airplane while maneuvering because of spatial disorientation. Contributing to the accident were the failure of the airplane's primary attitude indicator and the adverse weather conditions, including turbulence.

Accident Location: Hillsboro , MO    
Accident Date: 10/16/2000
Accident ID: CHI01MA011

Date Adopted: 6/5/2002
NTSB Number: AAB-02-02
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