NTSB Identification: MKC89FA007.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 40090.
Accident occurred Thursday, October 20, 1988 in ROGERS, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/18/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA T210F, registration: N6191R
Injuries: 2 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 PLT WAS ON A VFR FLT FROM WICHITA, KS TO ROGERS, AR. WHILE EN ROUTE, HE CONTACTED TULSA FSS & OBTAINED WX INFO. AT THAT TIME, HE WAS ADZD THAT VFR FLT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED DUE TO PREVAILING IFR WX IN THE AREA OF HIS DESTN. HOWEVER, THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PLT ELECTED TO CONT DESPITE THE WARNING. HE ARRIVED AT THE DESTN AFTER DARK & ATTEMPTED TO LAND. WITNESSES NEAR THE ARPT HEARD THE ACFT FLY OVER THEIR HOMES, THEN HEARD IT CRASH. A SEARCH WAS INITIATED & IT WAS FOUND APRX 1.5 MI SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF THE ARPT. INITIAL IMPACT WAS WITH TREES AS THE ACFT WAS ON A HEADING OF 160 DEG. THERE WAS EVIDENCE THE ACFT WAS IN A 50 DEG RIGHT BANK & A STEEP NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE WHEN IT CRASHED. IT WAS EXTENSIVELY DMGD DRG IMPACT. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION OF THE ACFT WAS FOUND. APRX 21 MI SOUTH-SOUTHEAST AT FAYETTEVILLE, AR, THE 1950 WX WAS IN PART: 600' OBSCURED, 1 MI VIS WITH FOG & DRIZZLE, WIND FROM 180 DEG AT 8 KTS. ETHANOL WAS FOUND IN THE PLT'S KIDNEY FLUID & BILE, BUT THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF PSBL DECOMPOSITION OR CONTAMINATION OF THE SAMPLES.

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

CONTINUED FLIGHT BY THE PILOT INTO INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS (IMC) AND HIS FAILURE TO MAINTAIN AIRCRAFT CONTROL AFTER BECOMING DISORIENTED. CONTRIBUTING FACTORS WERE: DARK NIGHT, LOW CEILINGS, FOG, DRIZZLE, OBSCURATION, AND FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO DIVERT TO AN ALTERNATE DESTINATION.

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