NTSB Identification: CHI00FA145.
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Accident occurred Friday, May 26, 2000 in TAYLOR, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/26/2001
Aircraft: Bellanca 17-30A, registration: N136EL
Injuries: 2 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 pilot began preparations for his personal flight at 0630 eastern daylight (EDT) time, which departed from Orlando, Florida at 1000 EDT. The airplane impacted trees and terrain during a visual approach into an uncontrolled airstrip in night instrument meteorological conditions near Taylor, Missouri at 2100 central daylight time. The 2,865 foot turf airstrip was not served by an approved instrument approach procedure. The private pilot was not instrument rated. Examination of the airplane revealed no mechanical anomalies.

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

flight into known adverse weather conditions and the altitude/clearance not maintained by the pilot. An additional cause was the improper in-flight planning/decision by the pilot. Contributing factors were the weather below approach/landing minimums, night conditions, the pilot's lack of total instrument time and fatigue.

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