NTSB Identification: MKC88FA176.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38106.
Accident occurred Thursday, September 22, 1988 in BELLE PLAINES, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/1989
Aircraft: BEECH C23, registration: N6022C
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 NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT RECEIVED A FULL WEATHER BRIEFING PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DURING WHICH HE WAS ADVISED THAT VFR FLIGHT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED. IN ADDITION HE WAS ADVISED THAT, WHILE CONDITIONS WERE FORECAST TO IMPROVE, THE POSSIBILITY FOR SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUED TO EXIST. WHILE IN FLIGHT, THE PILOT WAS ADVISED TWICE THAT WEATHER CELLS WERE IN HIS FLIGHT PATH AND WAS OFFERED RADAR VECTORS AROUND THEM. HE CHOSE NOT TO BE VECTORED UNTIL AFTER HE HAD ENTERED AN AREA OF HEAVY RAIN. AFTER TURNING 80 DEGREES TO THE RIGHT RADAR CONTACT WAS LOST AND THE AIRCRAFT DESCENDED INTO A GRAVEL ROAD IN A STEEP NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE.

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

IN-FLIGHT WEATHER ADVISORIES..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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