NTSB Identification: ATL88FA254.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38108.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 02, 1988 in PETROS, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA T207, registration: N1724U
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.

THE RELATIVELY LOW TIME, NON-INSTRUMENT RATED, PRIVATE PILOT FLEW PASSENGERS TO SAVANNAH, GA. ON THE RETURN FLIGHT, HE MADE A REFUELING STOP AT KNOXVILLE, TN. HE FILED NO FLT PLAN AT KNOXVILLE & NO RECORD OF AN EN ROUTE WX BRIEFING WAS FOUND. AT 2236 EDT, THE PLT CONTACTED THE TOWER & SAID HE WOULD 'LIKE TO VFR TO LOUISVILLE WITH A HEADING OF 330.' HE TOOK OFF AT 2249 & RECEIVED DEPARTURE VECTORS UNTIL CLEARED ON COURSE. RADAR SERVICE WAS TERMINATED, 23 MI NW OF KNOXVILLE. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT HIT TREES & CRASHED ON RISING TERRAIN NEAR THE TOP OF A RIDGE, 30 MI NW OF KNOXVILLE. IMPACT OCCURRED AT APRX 3000' MSL ON A HEADING OF 290 DEG. WX AT KNOXVILLE (ELEV 930') WAS IN PART: 3700' OVERCAST, VISIBILITY 5 MI WITH FOG & RAIN. NO EVIDENCE OF A PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND DRG THE INVESTIGATION.MOUNTAIN PEAKS IN THE VICINITY OF THE CRASH SITE WERE UP TO 3390'.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN

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