NTSB Identification: MIA95FA142.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, May 31, 1995 in CORINTH, MS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/14/1996
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-30A, registration: N4207B
Injuries: 1 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.

DURING THE CROSS-COUNTRY FLIGHT THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT RECEIVED MULTIPLE ON-THE-GROUND AND IN-THE-AIR RECOMMENDATIONS BY FAA PERSONNEL THAT VFR FLIGHT SHOULD NOT BE ATTEMPTED. SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, THE AIRPLANE DESCENDED IN A STEEP RIGHT-WING-LOW ATTITUDE AND COLLIDED WITH TREES AND THE GROUND. WITNESSES IN THE AIR AND ON THE GROUND AT THE AIRPORT REPORTED CEILINGS OF 1,000 FEET AND VISIBILITY OF 3 MILES, WITH THE VISIBILITY DECREASING.

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

THE PILOTS DECISION TO CONTINUE HIS VFR FLIGHT INTO INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS AFTER BEING ADVISED THAT VFR FLIGHT SHOULD NOT BE ATTEMPTED, RESULTING IN SPATIAL DISORIENTATION AND LOSS OF CONTROL. FACTORS IN THE ACCIDENT WERE: THE PILOT'S SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE TO GET TO WORK, THE WEATHER CONDITIONS, AND THE DARK NIGHT.

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