NTSB Identification: DEN00LA046.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, January 18, 2000 in TOOELE, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/29/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N6445B
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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The pilot said that the purpose of the flight was to make three takeoffs and landings to obtain recent night flying experience. He determined that the weather conditions were suitable for VFR flight. He took off on runway 34 and during the climbout, he encountered fog. He made a 180 degree turn and started a gradual descent. When he was abeam the midfield point, he began to see runway lights. When he was abeam the threshold of the approach end of the runway, he flew out of the fog. The descent continued on the downwind leg and the airplane collided with rising terrain at a point where a turn onto base leg would commence.

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

The pilot's failure to correct the descent, and his failure to maintain a visual lookout. Factors were the pilot's improper weather evaluation, his lack of recent experience in type of operation, his inadvertent encounter with instrument meteorological conditions at night, fog, and rising terrain.

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