The pilot descended his aircraft below the safety altitude in failing light conditions and poor visibility. He was relying upon navigation data from a GPS unit, but had inadvertently programmed an erroneous destination into it. The GPS steering commands took the aircraft over higher terrain and, as the pilot applied power to arrest the descent, the aircraft struck the ground at an elevation of about 580 ft amsl, without the pilot gaining external references. Although the aircraft was substantially damaged, the pilot survived with minor injuries.
Cessna T206H Turbo Stationair G-KIKX 09-12.pdf (409.21 kb)
Date of occurrence: 12 March 2012