NTSB Identification: SEA89FA006.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37739.
Scheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 04, 1988 in EAST SOUND, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/08/1989
Aircraft: BEECH B-99A, registration: N803BA
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.
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 CREW ELECTED TO DEPART THE AIRPORT UNDER A SPECIAL VFR CLEARANCE. WX AT THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT WAS 700 FT OVC WITH VISIBILITY 1 AND 1/4 MILES. THE DESTINATION AIRPORT WAS WITHIN 25 NAUTICAL MILES OF THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT AND WAS REPORTING A BKN CEILING OF 6 TO 800 FT AND 3 MILES VISIBILITY. THE CREW WAS IN THE PROCESS OF OBTAINING AN IFR CLEARANCE WHEN THE PILOT ON THE CONTROLS OBSERVED TREES IN THE FLIGHT PATH. THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH TREES DURING A CLIMBING RIGHT TURN. THE CREW SUBSEQUENTLY OBTAINED AN IFR CLEARANCE AND RETURNED TO THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT UNEVENTFULLY.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND
WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING
LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND
VISUAL LOOKOUT..NOT POSSIBLE
LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..COPILOT/SECOND PILOT
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