NTSB Identification: ATL96LA004.
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Accident occurred Friday, October 13, 1995 in ATLANTA, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/03/1996
Aircraft: LOPEZ LANCAIR 360, registration: N102JL
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The noninstrument-rated pilot filed for and received an instrument flight plan clearance from Atlanta to Boca Raton, Florida. The weather at the time of the accident was IMC. Transcripts of radio communications indicated that the pilot was having problems maintaining altitude and heading. Shortly after departure the pilot reported that he thought that one of the aircraft gyros was not operating properly. He later reported that he believed the problem had corrected itself. Witnesses observed the aircraft descend out of the base of the clouds and break up in flight.

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

the noninstrument-rated pilot's intentional VFR flight into instrument meteorological conditions which led to a loss of control.

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