FTW94FA090
NTSB Identification: FTW94FA090 .
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Accident occurred Tuesday, March 01, 1994 in N. LITTLE ROCK, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 6/1/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA P337H, registration: N2QY
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

THE PILOT CANCELED IFR & FLEW TO HIS PRIVATE STRIP, WHERE HE ENTERED A RIGHT TRAFFIC PATTERN FOR LANDING ON RUNWAY 36 IN DARK NIGHT CONDITIONS. THE STRIP WAS LOCATED IN A RURAL AREA WITH FEW GROUND LIGHTS, EXCEPT FOR THE FIRST 1500 FEET OF THE STRIP, WHICH HAD MEDIUM INTENSITY RUNWAY LIGHTING (MIRL). SOUTH OF THE STRIP WAS A LARGE MILITARY MANEUVERING AREA THAT HAD NO LIGHTING. AS THE PILOT WAS MANEUVERING TO LAND, WITNESSES OBSERVED THE AIRPLANE ENTER A STEEP DESCENT. SUBSEQUENTLY, IT CRASHED IN A STEEP NOSE DOWN, RIGHT WING LOW ATTITUDE. AN EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED EVIDENCE THAT THE SPOILERS WERE EXTENDED. TOXICOLOGY TESTS OF THE PILOT'S LIVER & KIDNEY TISSUE SHOWED 0.74 UG/ML & 0.159 UG/ML, RESPECTIVELY, OF BROMPHENIRAMINE (AN ANTIHISTAMINE). AN FAA TOXICOLOGIST STATED THESE WERE WITHIN A THERAPEUTIC RANGE. ACCORDING TO THE PILOT'S SON, HE TOOK DRIXORAL FOR SINUS PROBLEMS & A SLIGHT HEAD COLD; THE MEDICATION WAS NOT APPROVED FOR FLYING.

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

FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT, WHILE MANEUVERING TO LAND. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: DARKNESS AND POSSIBLE SPATIAL DISORIENTATION.

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