NTSB Identification: NYC88FA235.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38668.
Accident occurred Friday, September 09, 1988 in GREENVILLE, ME
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 182RG, registration: N6064C
Injuries: 3 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 APPARENTLY COULD NOT LOCATE THE DESTINATION AIRPORT BECAUSE OF LOW CEILINGS AND GROUND FOG. BEFORE THE PILOT STARTED HIS TRIP HE WAS ADVISED BY THE FSS THAT VFR FLIGHT TO HIS DESTINATION WAS NOT RECOMMENDED. IT APPEARS THAT THE AIRCRAFT WAS FLYING LOW IN AN EFFORT TO LOCATE THE AIRPORT, WHEN IT IMPACTED TREES ABOUT 10 MILES NORTHEAST OF THE AIRPORT AND AT AN ELEVATION THAT WAS HIGHER THAN THE AIRPORT ELEVATION.

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..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:

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


Contributing Factors

HAZARDOUS WEATHER ADVISORY..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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