NTSB Identification: SEA88FA084.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35983.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 24, 1988 in BEND, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/1989
Aircraft: MAULE M5-210C, registration: N312X
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.

PLT FILED VFR AFTER ADVISED VFR NOT RECOMMENDED. WITNESS OBSERVED ACFT ON COURSE FOR DEST AT LOW ALT OVER HIWAY. WITNESS EST CEILING AT 100 FEET, VISIBILITY POOR IN MOD SNOW. ACFT OBSERVED TO EXECUTE SHARP LEFT TURN AMD IMPACT RISING TERRAIN. CORRECTIVE LENSES FOR 20/200 VISION REQUIRED TO BE WORN; NOT WORN.

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..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

CORRECTING LENSES, NOT WORN..PILOT IN COMMAND

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