NTSB Identification: CHI94FA137.
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Accident occurred Friday, April 22, 1994 in MARSHFIELD, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/14/1995
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N5581F
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Two private pilots, neither of whom had an instrument rating, departed on a cross country flight an hour before sunrise. The airplane crashed 12 miles south of the point of departure into a heavily wooded area. Witnesses preparing to go hunting near the crash site reported low ceilings and fog. The weather observation taken ten minutes after the crash 23 miles from the crash site was ceiling measured 300 overcast, visibility 3 miles in fog. There was no record of a preflight weather brief.

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

FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO MAINTAIN PROPER ALTITUDE DURING A VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC CONDITIONS.

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