NTSB Identification: MKC88FA124.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37275.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 13, 1988 in SARCOXIE, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/19/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172G, registration: N4288L
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.

WITNESSES AT THE ACDNT SITE CHARACTERIZED THE WX AS HAVING A LOW CEILING WITH FOG. THEY RPRTD THEY SAW THE ACFT 'APPEAR OUT OF CLOUDS' IN A STEEP DESCENT. THE ACFT THEN BEGAN TO 'PULL UP;' HOWEVER, DURING RECOVERY FROM THE DIVE, THE ACFT STRUCK TREES & CRASHED. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND DURING THE INVESTIGATION. THE PLT WAS NOT INSTRUMENT RATED. BEFORE HE TOOK OFF, THE WX AT SPRINGFIELD HAD DETERIORATED FROM SCATTERED CONDITIONS WITH 5 MI VIS TO 2800' BROKEN CEILING WITH 1 MI VIS & FOG.

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

AIRCRAFT CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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