Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Lovell Field Airport

Chattanooga, Tennessee 37416
Friday, December 22, 2006 21:36 EST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The airplane, piloted by an instrument rated private pilot, was destroyed on impact with trees and terrain while being vectored on a missed approach. An instrument flight plan was on file and was activated. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the destination airport at the time of the accident. However, instrument conditions were reported at approach altitudes. In a transmission with the air traffic controller during the flight, the pilot stated he was "disorientated" and he confirmed that the "trouble" was not with the airplane. Plotted radar data showed that the airplane descended below altitudes the airplane was being vectored on and below published altitudes for the precision approach. The air traffic controller cancelled the approach clearance and gave a missed approach clearance to climb. The data showed that the airplane did an undirected 360-degree turn while being vectored and another undirected turn near the accident site. The pilot had accumulated 366 hours of total flight time. He had accumulated 29.1 hours of night flight time, 54.1 hours of simulated instrument flight time, and 14.3 hours of actual instrument flight time. He logged 3.9 hours of actual instrument flight time and four instrument approaches in the six months prior to the accident. The pilot's logbook did not contain an instrument competency check. The recorded weather at the destination was: Wind 210 degrees at 6 knots; visibility 9 statute miles; sky condition few clouds 500 feet, overcast 1,800 feet; temperature 16 degrees C; dew point 14 degrees C; altimeter 29.95 inches of mercury; remarks drizzle began about 27 minutes before the accident and ended about 16 minutes before the accident. An on-scene investigation was conducted and no airframe or engine pre-impact anomalies were detected.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot's reported spatial disorientation which lead to not maintaining altitude/clearance from terrain and not obtaining/maintaining a proper climb rate during the missed approach. Factors were the night, the clouds encountered on approach, and trees.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date12/22/2006 
Event Day of the WeekFriday 
Time of Event2136 
Event Time ZoneEastern Standard Time 
Event CityChattanooga 
Event StateTENNESSEE 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site37416 
Event Date Year2006 
Event Date Month12 
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude350212N 
Event Location Longitude0851223W 
Event Location AirportLOVELL FIELD 
Event Location Nearest Airport IDCHA 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOff Airport/Airstrip 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation683 
Weather Briefing Completeness-- 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation2125 Eastern Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)200 
Weather Observation Facility IDCHA 
Elevation of weather observation facility683 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationEST 
Lighting ConditionsNight 
Lowest Ceiling Height1800 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height500 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsFew 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingOvercast 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles)
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)16 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)14 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)210 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29.95 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryFatal 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries-- 
On Ground, Minor Injuries-- 
On Ground, Serious Injuries-- 
Injury Total Fatal
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None-- 
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)23178 
NTSB Notification SourceF  
NTSB Notification DateDec 22 2006 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time-- 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordMar 31 2008 11:52AM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\johb  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeNashville, TN, FSDO 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN3704B 
NTSB NumberCHI07FA045 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedIFR 
Flight plan Was Activated?Yes 
DamageDestroyed 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameBeech 
Aircraft ModelA36 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial NumberE-1753 
Certified Max Gross Weight3600 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration Class-- 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearRetractable 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionJun 1 2006 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection32.58 
Airframe Hours3687.5 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameLM Aviation Enterprises Inc. 
Aircraft Owner Street Address3511 Silverside Road, Suite 105 
Aircraft Owner CityWilmington 
Aircraft Owner StateDE 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode19810 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator Name-- 
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address-- 
Operator City-- 
Operator State-- 
Operator Country-- 
Operator Zip code-- 
Operator Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?-- 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodeGNV  
Departure CityGAINESVILLE 
Departure StateFL 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time1850 
Departure Time ZoneEST 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport CodeCHA  
Destination CityChatanooga 
Destination StateTN 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of FlightMissed approach (IFR) 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordFeb 27 2008 4:54PM 
User who most recently changed recordBOWL  
Since inspection or accidentLast Inspection 
Event Location Runway Number and Location20 
Runway Length7400 
Runway Width150 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--