NTSB Identification: ATL88LA255.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38445.
Accident occurred Sunday, September 25, 1988 in BESSEMER CITY, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/04/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N7831E
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 REPORTED THAT HE HAD OBSERVED A CLOUD LAYER FORMING ALONG HIS FLT ROUTE. AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME, THE ACFT VOR RCVR FAILED. THE PLT ELECTED TO CONTINUE VFR-ON-TOP TO HIS PLANNED DESTINATION BASED ON VFR WX REPORTED BY AN ATIS BROADCAST FROM AN ARPT (CLT) WHICH WAS NEAR HIS DESTINATION. UPON ARRIVAL IN THE VICINITY OF HIS DESTINATION, THE COMM RADIO FAILED & HE FOUND THAT THERE WAS A 'SOLID UNDERCAST' PRESENT. HE THEN DIVERTED TO CLT, BUT WAS UNABLE TO LOCATE IT DUE TO THE OVERCAST. WITH AN ESTIMATED 5 MINUTES OF FUEL REMAINING, HE DESCENDED THROUGH THE OVERCAST & BROKE OUT AT 200-300 FT AGL. HE OBSERVED A PAVED ROAD AND ATTEMPTED TO LAND ON IT; THE RT WING IMPACTED UNSEEN UTILITY WIRES DURING THE LDG AND THE AIRPLANE CRASHED. THE PLT STATED THAT HE CHECKED THE WX PRIOR TO T/0 BY LISTENING TO NWS WX RADIO AND BY MAKING A PHONE CALL TO HIS DESTINATION. HE DID NOT OBTAIN A FSS WX BRIEFING. OCCASIONAL LOW OVERCAST CEILINGS WERE FORECAST FOR CLT, BEGINNING A FEW HRS BEFORE THE ACCIDENT.

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

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

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING



Contributing Factors

COMM/NAV EQUIPMENT,VOR RECEIVER..INOPERATIVE


Contributing Factors

COMM/NAV EQUIPMENT,TRANSCEIVER..FAILURE,TOTAL



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