NTSB Identification: CHI99LA135.
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Accident occurred Monday, April 26, 1999 in MAYVIEW, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/21/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 172M, registration: N220NY
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The non-instrument rated pilot encountered instrument meteorological conditions during the flight. After flying in these conditions for several minutes the pilot elected to descend out of the overcast and execute a precautionary landing. During this time the pilot was not in contact with air traffic control. During the precautionary landing, the airplane struck a barbed wire fence, light pole and ditch embankment. The pilot stated that he received a weather briefing at 1200 cdt and that the weather was not favorable. A weather report for the reporting station located at the destination airport, Sedalia Memorial Airport, Sedalia, Missouri, at 1653 cdt, reported 5 statute miles visibility, mist, an overcast ceiling at 800 feet above ground level, and rapidly falling barometric pressure. The reporting station is located 37 nautical miles and 124-degrees magnetic from the accident site.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for the attempted precautionary landing. Factors to the accident were the overcast weather condition, inadequate preflight planning by the pilot, the inadvertent flight into instrument meteorological conditions, and the presence of the fence posts and pole in the selected landing area.

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