NTSB Identification: DEN88LA146.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36139.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 02, 1988 in SENTINEL BUTTE, ND
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 188, registration: N3546Q
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 PILOT TOOK OFF FROM HIS PRIVATE AIRSTRIP NEAR SENTINEL BUTTE, ND, EN ROUTE TO BEACH, ND. HE SAID THERE WAS A NARROW CLOUD AHEAD, APPROXIMATELY 5-8 MILES LONG, AND EMITTING LIGHTNING, BUT IT DID NOT APPEAR TO HIM TO THREATEN FLIGHT SAFETY. THE PILOT SAID HE SUDDENLY HIT TURBULENCE AND THE WINGS ROLLED VERTICAL, BUT HE WAS ABLE TO RECOVER. THE AIRCRAFT THEN HIT A DOWNDRAFT. THE PILOT ADDED FULL POWER AND ONE NOTCH OF FLAPS. THE AIRCRAFT BRUSHED SOME TREE TOPS, THEN HIT A HILL, TEARING OFF THE RIGHT MAIN LANDING GEAR. THE AIRCRAFT THEN HIT THE GROUND AND SKIDDED INTO ANOTHER HILL. THE FUEL TANK RUPTURED AND THE AIRCRAFT CAUGHT FIRE. THE PILOT WAS NOT INJURED. THE PILOT SAID HE NEVER FLEW UNDER THE CLOUD.

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

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

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

DESCENT..UNCONTROLLED



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LIGHTNING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT

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