NTSB Identification: SEA88LA068.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35988.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 27, 1988 in PALMER, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/1989
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7KCAB, registration: N86820
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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

WHILE ON A VFR CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT THE PILOT ENCOUNTERED INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS ALONG HIS ROUTE. THE AIRCRAFT WAS NOT INSTRUMENT EQUIPPED, EVEN THOUGH THE PILOT IS INSTRUMENT RATED. THE PILOT HAD TO MAKE TWO PRECAUTIONARY LANDINGS PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT TO AWAIT IMPROVING WEATHER. ALTHOUGH WEATHER BRIEFERS HAD TOLD THE PILOT THAT VFR WAS NOT RECOMMENDED ALONG HIS PROPOSED ROUTE OF FLIGHT, DUE TO LOW CEILINGS AND LOW VISIBILITY, THE PILOT ELECTED TO CONTINUE THE FLIGHT. AT ABOUT 23 MILES FROM THE PILOTS PROPOSED DESTINATION, HE ENCOUNTERED LOW CEILINGS AND LOW VISIBILITIES WITH LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS. A FORCED LANDING WAS MADE ONTO A LOGGING ROAD. THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK A PILE OF LOGS DURING THE LANDING ROLLOUT.

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

WEATHER FORECAST..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW

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