A primary lesson that I was taught aircraft life sciences mishap investigation training was to resist jumping to a solution until the evidence took me to a solution. Several plausible scenarios could explain JFK Jr.'s mishap. This writing should not be construed in any way to suggest a solution to this mishap; the solution will only be possible after the physical evidence (wreckage) is collected and analyzed by trained mishap investigators. Rather, this is a technical explanation of how Spatial Disorientation, as one possible cause of this mishap, can occur.
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Leland, R. A.
Night VFR… An Oxymoron?.
Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research, 9(1).