NTSB Identification: LAX92FA236.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 48080.
Accident occurred Friday, June 05, 1992 in SYLMAR, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/29/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N701KA
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.

DURING AN UNSUPERVISED SOLO INSTRUCTIONAL FLIGHT THE PILOT, WHO RECENTLY RECEIVED AN INSTRUMENT RATING, PLANNED ON INCREASING HIS FLIGHT TIME IN HOPES OF BECOMING A COMMERCIAL PILOT. THE PILOT INDICATED TO ATC THAT HE HAD RECEIVED THE LOCAL ARPT WEATHER. A BROKEN CEILING WAS REPORTED AT 2000 FT AGL (2800 FT. MSL). THE PILOT TOOK OFF AND FLEW NORTHBOUND TOWARD MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. AFTER FLYING FOR ABOUT 10 MIN, THE PILOT RADIOED ATC AND INDICATED HE DESIRED TO RETURN TO THE ARPT. ATC ISSUED THE PILOT A CLEARANCE WHICH HE ACKNOWLEDGED. THE PILOT DID NOT INDICATE THAT HE WAS EXPERIENCING ANY PROBLEMS, NOR DID HE REQUEST ASSISTANCE. THERE WERE NO FURTHER COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE PILOT. WITNESSES LOCATED ABOUT 1 MILE FROM THE CRASH SITE REPORTED OBSERVING THE ACFT FLYING IN AND OUT OF CLOUDS IN AN EASTERLY DIRECTION NEXT TO A MOUNTAIN. THE ACFT APPEARED TO REVERSE COURSE, AND IT INITIALLY COMMENCED FLYING IN A WESTERLY DIRECTION. THE ACFT THEN TURNED TO THE NORTH AND HEADED TOWARD THE MOUNTAIN WHICH WAS PARTIALLY CLOUD COVERED. THE ACFT DISAPPEARED FROM VIEW UPON REENTERING THE CLOUDS, AND SECONDS THEREAFTER THE SOUND OF AN IMPACT WAS HEARD. THE CRASH SITE ELEVATION, 8.3 NM FROM THE DEPARTURE ARPT, WAS ABOUT 2550 FT MSL.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO ADEQUATELY JUDGE AND EVALUATE THE WEATHER CONDITIONS AND HIS IMPROPER IN-FLIGHT DECISION TO FLY CLOSE TO CLOUDS. THESE ACTS LED TO HIS ENTERING IMC AND BECOMING LOST AND DISORIENTED.

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