NTSB Identification: CHI96FA120.
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Accident occurred Thursday, March 28, 1996 in LINCOLN, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/16/1996
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-180, registration: N8214W
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.

The pilot received two weather briefs prior to his departure, all briefs were forecasting VFR conditions along the route of flight. The pilot departed late out of Topeka en route to Salina, KS to pick up a passenger. The pilot did not update his weather brief prior to taking off from Salina en route to Denver. At the time of the accident the weather station west of the accident site reported a measured ceiling of 1,100 overcast. At 2359 cst, Salina Airport's reported an 1,800 foot overcast cloud layer.

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

the pilot became spatially disoriented and failed to maintain control of the airplane. The factors involved were the pilot encountered VFR flight into IMC, pressure induced by conditions/events, low ceilings, and the dark light conditions.

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