NTSB Identification: BFO90LA072.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 44582.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 05, 1990 in HYDEN, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/06/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA A152, registration: N4728A
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT HAD RECEIVED A WX BRIEFING FROM DUATS; HE WAS ASSISTED BY A CFI. FORECASTS WERE FOR A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS, MOUNTAIN OBSCURATIONS, AND IFR CONDITIONS IN KENTUCKY. FOR ABOUT THE LAST 30 MINUTES, EN ROUTE AND NEARING HIS DESTINATION, THE PILOT WAS RECEIVING ATC ASSISTANCE TO AVOID WX PAINTED ON ATC RADAR. AT 1437 THE PILOT RADIOED '...IT'S RAINING ON ME HEAVILY OVER HERE.' THE CONTROLLER ASKED IF THE PILOT COULD MAINTAIN VFR, AND THE PILOT ANSWERED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. THERE WERE NO FURTHER TRANSMISSIONS RECEIVED FROM THE PILOT.

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

THE PILOT INTENTIONALLY CONTINUING VFR FLIGHT INTO INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS WHICH RESULTED IN SPATIAL DISORIENTATION AND LOSS OF AIRCRAFT CONTROL. FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WERE THE THUNDERSTORMS AND THE PILOT'S LACK OF INSTRUMENT FLYING PROFICIENCY.

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