NTSB Identification: ATL89LA075.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 40253.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 14, 1989 in RUSSELLS POINT, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/22/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N4585B
Injuries: 1 Minor,3 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE ENCOUNTERED A FREEZING MIST DURING CRUISE. HE ELECTED TO DIVERT TO HIS HOME AIRSTRIP. DURING APPROACH, THE WINDSHIELD ICED OVER. JUST AFTER TOUCHDOWN, ALL FWD VISIBILITY WAS LOST. THE PLT ELECTED TO STAY TOWARD THE RT SIDE OF THE AIRSTRIP DURING ROLLOUT, TO AVOID TREES ON THE LEFT SIDE. THE AIRPLANE SUBSEQUENTLY RAN OFF THE RT SIDE INTO A MUDDY FIELD AND NOSED OVER. THE PLT DID NOT REPORT THAT HE HAD OBTAINED ANY WX BRIEFINGS PRIOR TO THE FLT. NO RECORD OF HIS HAVING OBTAINED ANY WX BRIEFINGS WAS FOUND. A WX REPORTING STATION LOCATED ABOUT 37 MILES AWAY REPORTED LIGHT FREEZING RAIN & FOG ABOUT 25 MINUTES BEFORE DEPARTURE.

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

THE PILOT'S INACCURATE EVALUATION OF WEATHER CONDITION, AND HIS FAILURE TO USE AVAILABLE WEATHER BRIEFING RESOURCES. AS A RESULT, THE PILOT ENCOUNTERED STRUCTURAL ICING WHICH COVERED THE WINDSCREEN, BLOCKING FORWARD VISIBILITY.

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