NTSB Identification: CHI89LA001.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38425.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Sunday, October 02, 1988 in TELL CITY, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/04/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 310Q, registration: N8157Q
Injuries: 1 Serious,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 PILOT FLEW A VOR APPROACH TO THE AIRPORT, BUT WAS TOO HIGH TO LAND ON THE APPROACH RUNWAY. HE EXECUTED A CIRCLING VFR PATTERN TO LAND ON THE RECIPROCAL RUNWAY, THEN FLEW INTO THE GROUND FOG IN THE DESCENDING BASE TURN. THE LEFT WING STRUCK A TREE WHILE IN THE TURN. THE PILOT HAD RECIEVED A COMPLETE WEATHER BRIEF OF THE EXISTING CONDITIONS, AND SAW PATCHY GROUND FOG PRIOR TO EXECUTING THE APPROACH. THE PILOT AND PASSENGER HAD LEFT AT 0830 THE PREVIOUS DAY, FLOWN TO A FOOTBALL GAME, AND WERE RETURNING WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT 0050 EST.

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:

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

GO-AROUND..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FATIGUE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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