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a more favorable picture, and he
asked ATC to confirm what he
was seeing.
" Yeah, uh, I am looking at my,
uh, weather here, if I don't land
here, uh it looks like I will be clear
here in just a little bit is that correct? " the pilot asked.
Fort Campbell responded with
the weather in Muscle Shoals:
visibility 10, ceilings at 6,000.
Nashville was even better with a
ceiling at 7,000 feet.
" So, it looks like it's much
clearer down south, " the controller affirmed.
" How about if we don't land
here and we go back up to, oh, I
don't know, thirty-five hundred
for now and let's get clear of this
stuff, " said the pilot.
Diversion abandoned, the noninstrument-rated pilot decided
to push through the weather; it
would likely be just a few minutes in the precip. If he made it to
the other side, where the weather
improved significantly, he'd be to
his destination in less than an hour
to start his vacation.
At 11:49:21 a.m., Fort Campbell
approved a VFR climb, and asked
the pilot if there was a good heading
to help him get around the weather.
" I'd say southeast, " The pilot
responded. Fort Campbell gave
him a heading of 150 degrees.
" One-five-zero, " he responded
at 11:49:48.

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A minute later, at approximately
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guess on the controller's display.
A witness on the ground heard
a " high engine revving sound " but
couldn't see the airplane because
it was in the clouds. Seconds later,
the witness heard the sound of an
impact.
Fort Campbell tried to reach
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11:54 a.m., called radar contact lost
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about 16 miles southeast of the
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A36's never-exceed speed is 202
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211 knots.
The NTSB listed the probable cause as the non-instrument

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The best way to avoid a spatial disorientation accident? Get an
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panel operations. Find a flight school using AOPA's Flight School
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and always double-check the timestamp on in-cockpit weather
displays. Learn about an accident where latency was an even bigger factor in the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Accident Case Study:
Time Lapse (airsafetyinstitute.org/ACS/timelapse).
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(airsafetyinstitute.org/spotlight/spatialdisorientation). 
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