NTSB Identification: FTW90LA187.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42827.
Accident occurred Sunday, September 30, 1990 in GREERS FERRY, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/14/1992
Aircraft: Ercoupe (Eng & Research Corp.) 415-C, registration: N3673H
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 325 HOUR STUDENT PILOT, WHO HAD DEPARTED FROM THE SITE OF AN ERCOUPE FLY-IN, ENCOUNTERED IMC APPROXIMATELY 170 NM EAST NORTHEAST OF THE DEPARTURE POINT. A WITNESS HEARD THE AIRPLANE MANEUVERING AT LOW LEVEL FOR APPROXIMATELY 10 MINUTES. THE WITNESS HEARD WHAT WAS THOUGHT TO BE THE AIRPLANE ENTERING A DIVE, FOLLOWED BY SILENCE. POST IMPACT FIRE OCCURRED. WEATHER AT THE SITE WAS 200 FEET OVERCAST WITH VISIBILITY OF 2/10 MILE IN FOG AND DRIZZLE.

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

THE PILOT'S DECISION TO PENETRATE ADVERSE WEATHER AND THE RESULTANT SPATIAL DISORIENTATION. FACTORS WERE THE WEATHER CONDITIONS AND THE PILOT'S LACK OF INSTRUMENT TRAINING/EXPERIENCE.

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