NTSB Identification: ATL88LA181.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37293.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 22, 1988 in BLUE RIDGE, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/19/1989
Aircraft: GLOBE GC-1A, registration: N80582
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 PLT REPORTED THAT HE ENCOUNTERED DETERIORATING WX CONDITIONS DURING THE FLT. HE MADE A 180 DEGREE TURN AND OTHER COURSE CHANGES IN AN ATTEMPT TO RETURN TO BETTER WX, BUT WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN VFR FLT. HE SUBSEQUENTLY ELECTED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LDG ON A HIGHWAY. DURING AN ATTEMPT TO LAND, THE AIRPLANE STRUCK UTILITY WIRES, FELL TO THE TERRAIN BELOW, AND LANDED HARD. THE PLT NOTED THAT HE HAD RECEIVED A 'FAVORABLE WX ANALYSIS' PRIOR TO DEPARTURE; HOWEVER, HE DID NOT ELABORATE ON THE CONTENT OF THE BRIEFING. THE BRIEFING WAS OBTAINED BY TELEPHONE ABOUT 1.5 HRS BEFORE THE ACCIDENT.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL DETECTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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