NTSB Identification: SEA88FA120.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36384.
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 29, 1988 in SKYKOMISH, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/09/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 150F, registration: N2RE
Injuries: 2 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.
THE NONINSTRUMENT RATED PILOT WAS ATTEMPTING TO FOLLOW US HIGHWAY 2 WESTBOUND ACROSS THE CASCADES MOUNTAINS. ACCORDING TO SEVERAL WITNESSES UPON CRESTING THE STEVENS PASS AREA AT AN ALTITUDE OF 4300 FEET MSL (APPROXIMATELY 250 FEET AGL) HE ENCOUNTERED LOW CLOUDS AND REDUCED VISIBILITY. THE PILOT THEN FLEW INTO CLOUDS DURING WHICH A DESCENDING CLOCKWISE COURSE CHANGE BACK TOWARDS THE NORTHEAST WAS ATTEMPTED. WHILE THE PILOT WAS MANEUVERING THE AIRCRAFT IN A SHALLOW LEFT TURN THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH A TREE. CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT WAS LOST AND THE AIRCRAFT THEN COLLIDED WITH TERRAIN DURING AN UNCONTROLLED DESCENT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..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
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