NTSB Identification: DEN89FA007.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37554.
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 05, 1988 in WALSH, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/25/1989
Aircraft: MOONEY M20E, registration: N5997Q
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.

THERE IS NO RECORD PLT OBTAINED WX BRIEFING, FILED FLT PLAN, OR OBTAINED IN-FLT WX ADVISORIES. PLT AND TWO PAX DEPARTED SAN MARCOS, TX, AT 1400 CDT IN VMC, ENROUTE TO SPRINGFIELD, CO. ACFT WAS SEEN BY TWO WITNESSES AT APRX 1630 MDT, 11 MI W OF WALSH, CO, FLYING WESTERLY AT LOW ALT. WX WAS IMC WITH DRIZZLE AND THICK FOG. ACFT CRASHED 5 MI W OF WALSH, OR 20 MI ESE OF DESTINATION. PLT WAS NOT IFR RATED AND MEDICAL CERTIFICATE HAD EXPIRED. PLT REPORTEDLY DID NOT KEEP LOGBOOK AND BFR DATA COULD NOT BE DOCUMENTED. ACFT WAS OUT OF ANNUAL, WAS NOT IFR-CERTIFIED, AND ELT BATTERY HAD EXPIRED. PLT TOLD SISTER HE HAD TO RETURN TO SPRINGFIELD THAT DAY.

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

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

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..INADEQUATE..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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DRIZZLE/MIST

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