NTSB Identification: NYC99FA107.
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Accident occurred Friday, May 07, 1999 in SHIRLEY, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/03/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 172K, registration: N7068G
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.

On the night of the accident, the commercial pilot talked to his aunt by telephone, who then wanted to see him 'immediately.' He received a thorough weather briefing, and filed an instrument flight rules flight plan for the 1-hour flight. He then took off into a 200-foot overcast, with a visibility of 2 statute miles. The airplane crashed less than a mile from the airport. Toxicological testing revealed ethanol concentrations in the pilot's blood and vitreous fluid of 0.235 percent and 0.255 percent respectively.

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

The pilot's loss of control of the airplane due to intoxication. A factor was the pilot's self-induced pressure to conduct the flight.

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