NTSB Identification: LAX88FA087.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38454.
Accident occurred Friday, January 15, 1988 in LOST HILLS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA T210N, registration: N7573N
Injuries: 1 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.

ON A DARK NIGHT WITH LIGHT DRIZZLE FALLING THE PVT PLT, WHO WAS NOT INSTRUMENT RATED, DEPARTED FROM AN UNCONTROLLED ARPT FOR A X-C FLT. THE PLT MADE A DOWNWIND DEPARTURE, & HIS ALTITUDE ON THE X-WIND LEG WAS ESTIMATED BY A PASSING TRUCK DRIVER AT 200 FT AGL. THE ACFT THEN TURNED DOWNWIND & DESCENDED UNTIL IT COLLIDED WITH A LEVEL PLOWED FIELD DEVOID OF LIGHTS. PATCHY GROUND FOG WAS OBSERVED NORTH OF THE CRASH SITE IN THE DIRECTION THE PILOT WAS ATTEMPTING TO FLY. A FEW MIN PRIOR TO TAKING OFF THE PLT HAD RECEIVED AN ABBREVIATED WEATHER BRIEFING. THE FSS SPECIALIST INFORMED THE PLT MARGINAL WX CONDITIONS EXISTED & HE DID NOT RECOMMEND VFR FLIGHT.

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

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLIMB..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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