Beer Drinking Civil Air Patrol Pilot Crashes Plane

Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172, N9133B
Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172, N9133B

By AuxBeacon News Contributor

[Editor’s Note: We received an anonymous tip regarding this crash. Thank you for your contribution. This CAP plane crash in Virginia was attributed to pilot error.]

Two Civil Air Patrol members were injured Sunday, February 15, 1981 when their CAP Cessna 172, N9133B crashed shortly after takeoff from the Hampton Roads airport.

According to the NTSB, the accident was caused by the spatial disorientation of the pilot in command.

The pilot admitted to drinking beer prior to the flight which may have impaired his efficiency and judgement.

The pilot also said his windshield fogged up prior to the crash.

The CAP plane was a total loss.

National Transportation Safety Board Report