Event Details

Title:Uncontrolled flight into terrain, Cessna 335, N8345N, Hillsboro, Missouri, October 16, 2000
Micro summary:This Cessna 335 crashed into terrain in turbulence, following instrumentation failure.
Event Time:2000-10-16 at 1933 CDT
File Name:2000-10-16-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:NTSB/AAB-02/02
Site of event:Hillsboro, Missouri
Latitude/Longitude:N3818.653' W9030.125'
Departure:St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS), Cahokia, Illinois, USA
Destination:Country Memorial Airport, New Madrid, Missouri, USA
Airplane Type(s):Cessna 335
Flight Phase:Cruise
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary: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 14Code 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.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Turbulence
Operations - Uncontrolled Flight into Terrain
Systems - Flight Instruments
Consequence - Hull Loss


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