NTSB Identification: SEA88LA189.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37260.
Accident occurred Sunday, September 25, 1988 in TOLEDO, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/19/1989
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7ECA, registration: N1047Y
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 PLT TOOK OFF FROM AN UNCONTROLLED STRIP IN MARGINAL WX CONDS, BELIEVING HE COULD AFFECT A DEPARTURE TO GOOD VFR CONDS. SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, HE ENCTRD SOLID IMC & MOMENTARILY LOST CONTROL OF THE ACFT. AFTER REGAINING CONTROL & HAVING LOST ALTITUDE, HE OBSERVED TERRAIN BELOW & ATTEMPTED AN OFF ARPT LANDING IN A FIELD. HIS SPEED WAS TOO FAST FOR A NORMAL LANDING. TO AVOID TREES AT THE END OF THE FIELD, HE TURNED LEFT WITHOUT APPLYING POWER. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT STALLED & CRASHED.

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:

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

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/MUSH




Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)

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