NTSB Identification: FTW89FA025.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37969.
Accident occurred Saturday, November 26, 1988 in PORT LAVACA, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/26/1990
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8E, registration: N2301K
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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 WERE NO RECORDS TO INDICATE THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT RECEIVED A PRE-FLIGHT WEATHER BRIEFING FROM ANY WEATHER REPORTING SERVICE. WITNESSES IN THE AREA OF THE ACCIDENT STATED THE NIGHT WAS DARK AND THE GROUND WAS COVERED WITH FOG. THE AIRPLANE LANDING LIGHT WAS ON, THE ENGINE POWER WAS REDUCED, AND THERE WAS A WELL- LIGHTED, NEARBY CAUSEWAY (SEVERAL BLOCKS AWAY), IN THE DIRECTION OF TRAVEL. THE AIRPLANE FLEW INTO THE TOP OF A HOUSE IN A 45 DEGREE NOSE-LOW ATTITUDE. TOXICOLOGY TESTS OF THE PILOT REVEALED THE PRESENCE OF BENZOYLECGONINE IN HIS URINE AND .260 MG/L IN HIS BLOOD. CANNABINOIDS WERE ALSO IDENTIFIED IN THE URINE.

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..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

IMPAIRMENT(DRUGS)..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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