NTSB Identification: FTW95LA224.
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Accident occurred Monday, May 29, 1995 in CLINES CORNER, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/24/1995
Aircraft: CORNELIUS LONG-EZ, registration: N111PC
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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WHILE ON A VFR CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT WITH NO FLIGHT PLAN, THE AIRCRAFT FAILED TO REACH ITS DESTINATION. A SEARCH WAS INITIATED AND THE AIRCRAFT WAS FOUND 4 DAYS LATER. THE PILOT HAD MADE A POSITION REPORT WHICH PLACED THE FLIGHT IN THE VICINITY OF THE ACCIDENT SITE AT 7,500 FEET MSL. A GROUND WITNESS ON A ROAD AT 7,000 FEET MSL, OBSERVED THE AIRCRAFT PASS AT ABOUT 100 FEET AGL AND A MILE FROM THE ACCIDENT SITE. AT THE TIME OF THE OBSERVATION, THE AIRCRAFT WAS PASSING IN AND OUT OF LOW CLOUDS AND FOG. THE ACCIDENT SITE WAS AT 7,500 FEET MSL. DURING HIS WEATHER BRIEF FROM FLIGHT SERVICE, THE PILOT HAD BEEN INFORMED THAT VFR FLIGHT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED DUE TO LOW CEILINGS AND FOG ALONG HIS INTENDED ROUTE. IMPACT WAS INTO RISING TERRAIN AND TREES AND ALTHOUGH THE AIRCRAFT GENERALLY DISINTEGRATED ON IMPACT, THE WRECKAGE WAS CONTAINED IN THE IMPACT AREA.

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

THE PILOT FLYING THE AIRCRAFT INTO IMC CONDITIONS AT AN ALTITUDE WHICH WAS INADEQUATE TO CLEAR SURROUNDING TERRAIN. FACTORS WERE LOW CEILING AND FOG.

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