NTSB Identification: SEA88LA183.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37139.
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 21, 1988 in HADLOCK, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/03/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 150L, registration: N11582
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 RECENTLY CERTIFICATED PILOT DEPARTED ON A TWO HOUR ROUND-ROBIN FLIGHT TO ATTEND A MEETING AND WAS ADVISED TO EXPECT FOG ON RETURN. THE AIRCRAFT WAS FLOWN FOR ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THIS FLIGHT AND WAS NOT REFUELED. NO RECORD OF A WX BRIEF WAS FOUND. PRIOR TO THE RETURN FLIGHT, THERE WAS NO RECORD OF A WX BRIEFING OR REFUELING. THE PILOT WAS ADVISED BY ATC THAT THE DESTINATION WAS IFR. THE PILOT CHANGED HIS DESTINATION TO A NEARBY UNCONTROLLED AIRPORT. AFTER HE WAS UNABLE TO LOCATE THE AIRPORT, ATC OFFERED VECTORS TO A KNOWN VFR AIRPORT. THE PILOT DID NOT TAKE VECTORS DUE TO LOW FUEL STATE. HE THEN ACCEPTED VECTORS TO A THIRD UNCONTROLLED AIRPORT. WITNESSES OBSERVED THE AIRCRAFT THROUGH FOG FLYING AT A LOW ALTITUDE NEAR THE THIRD AIRPORT. THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH TREES 1-1/2 MILES FROM THE THIRD AIRPORT.

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

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

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:

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..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

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

REFUELING..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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