NTSB Identification: FTW96FA250.
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Accident occurred Saturday, June 15, 1996 in MONUMENT, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1998
Aircraft: Piper PA-18-150, registration: N111BF
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.

While conducting a weather check flight prior to towing a glider from one airport to another, the pilot encountered instrument meteorological conditions. The aircraft was not instrument-equipped for nonvisual flying. The aircraft impacted the ground in a vertical attitude. The pilot had over 11,000 hours of flight time and was instrument certificated. No evidence was found during the investigation that indicated any preaccident aircraft failure or malfunction.

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

The pilot's VFR flight into instrument meteorological conditions in an aircraft which not instrument-equipped. Factors were clouds, low ceiling, and rain.

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