Very sad news. The crash happened not far from where my parents live. To make it even more sad, found out this morning that Chuck Hall was a fellow Netjet pilot. My heart goes out to his family. If any other Netjet folks know anything about a collection for his family or anything, send me a private message so I can contribute.
Some of the local guys who flew the same afternoon said that it was very hazy in the hills (typical summer in E.Tenn). A few folks seem to "think" that it was spatial disorientation. Another speculated that maybe an up/down draft caught them.
Again this is all different peoples "opinions" from what little information has been dismenated. We all know that until the "Official NTSB Report" is finalized we can speculate all day. And still come up with nothing.
What worries me is I own a 182, I hate to see people die flying them, or anything else for that matter. It seems very unlikely that they would have succumbed to spatial disorientation with their qualifications, but I can see that they may have flown into terrain due the marginal visibility.
Ted the problem is that we might never know. If it had nothing to do with the aircraft, often the NTSB determining the cause is like shooting at a dart board because they have no other hard evidence to go by.
Unless someone say it, or they made a mayday transmission I think we will never know the true cause of the accident.