NTSB Identification: CHI96FA139.
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Accident occurred Friday, April 19, 1996 in MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/18/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 150F, registration: N6824F
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.

The student pilot departed on a four mile cross country flight in marginal VFR conditions with rapidly deteriorating weather condition in the form of fog. Two days later the airplane was found in 20 feet of water short of the intended island destination. Pilots in the area reported fog moving into the area rapidly at the time of the flight.

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

the student pilot iniating VFR flight into instrument meteorological conditions which led to a loss of aircraft control. A factor was the fog.

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