NTSB Identification: LAX95LA257.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, July 19, 1995 in DANVILLE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/29/1996
Aircraft: CESSNA TU206, registration: N7091Q
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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THE PILOT'S DEPARTURE WAS DELAYED DUE TO THE FOG AND LOW STRATUS CONDITION. THE PILOT ADVISED GROUND CONTROL THAT HE WOULD BE CRUISING AT 2,500 FEET MSL TO HIS DESTINATION. HE DEPARTED WHEN THE CEILING REACHED 1,000 FOOT OVERCAST WITH 7 MILES VISIBILITY. HE CONTACTED DEPARTURE AND REPORTED LEVEL AT 1,500 FEET. HE WAS ADVISED TO CLIMB VFR AT HIS OWN DISCRETION AND RESUME HIS OWN NAVIGATION. THE PILOT'S ROUTE OF FLIGHT CROSSED A 2,245-FOOT MOUNTAIN RANGE WHICH, ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, WAS OBSCURED WITH LOW STRATUS CLOUDS. THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH THE RIDGELINE ABOUT 20 TO 30 FEET BELOW THE TOP.

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

The pilot's intentional flight into known adverse weather and failure to maintain proper altitude.

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