NTSB Identification: FTW91LA005.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 43577.
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 09, 1990 in LAKE PROVIDENCE, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/30/1992
Aircraft: CESSNA T210L, registration: N4640Q
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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 DEPARTED ON AN IFR CROSS-COUNTRY FLIGHT INTO FORECAST CONDITIONS OF ICING, THUNDERSTORMS AND ASSOCIATED SEVERE TURBURLENCE. WHILE CLIMBING THROUGH 15,500 FEET, A SEVERE DOWNDRAFT WAS EXPERIENCED AND THE AIRPLANE WAS STRUCTURALLY DAMAGED. A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING WAS ACCOMPLISHED. THE PILOT HAD RECEIVED A COMPLETE WEATHER BRIEFING PRIOR TO HIS DEPARTURE. THIS BRIEFING IDENTIFIED THE ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE PILOT'S DECISION TO ENTER AN AREA OF FORECAST THRUNDERSTORMS. THE FACTOR WAS THE SEVERE DOWNDRAFT ENCOUNTERED.
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