NTSB Identification: ATL89FA059.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38056.
Accident occurred Saturday, December 24, 1988 in WADSWORTH, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N8193B
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.

PIC & FUTURE SON-IN-LAW CAME TO ARPT TO FLY ACFT. WX WAS LOW CEILINGS & VIZ DUE TO FOG. PIC DID NOT HAVE INSTRUMENT RATING. THE SON-IN-LAW, AN ARMY CAPTAIN, WAS SKED TO LEAVE FOR OVERSEAS ASSIGNMENT SHORTLY. CLOSEST ARPT WHICH RPTED WX, 15 MILES SOUTHEAST, INDICATED THAT THE CEILINGS WERE RAGGED & THE TEMP/DEW POINT WAS 1 DEGREE APART. THE PILOT DID NOT OBTAIN A WX BRIEFING. OTHER PILOTS WERE SURPRISED WHEN THE PIC DEPARTED AND NOTED HE THROTTLED BACK ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER TAKEOFF. THE ACFT WAS FOUND IN A FIELD ABOUT 3 MILES NE OF THE ARPT. IT WAS LOCATED IN THE APPROXIMATE AREA FOR A DOWNWIND LEG TO RUNWAY 21 AT WELTZIEN SKYPARK.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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