NTSB Identification: CHI89FA039.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 41181.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 01, 1989 in ALVIN, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/1991
Aircraft: CESSNA 210D, registration: N3767Y
Injuries: 2 Fatal,2 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.

AFTER A WX BRIEFING AT 0545 EST, THE PLT & 3 PAX DEPARTED FT MYERS, FL, AT 0926, ON A FLT TO LANSING, IL. A REFUELING STOP WAS MADE AT TULLAHOMA, TN, BUT THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF AN UPDATED WX BRIEFING & NO FLT PLAN WAS FILED. SUBSEQUENT-LY, THE ACFT CRASHED ABOUT 5 MI NORTH OF THE VERMILLION COUNTY ARPT ON A HEADING OF 230 DEG. INITIAL IMPACT WAS WITH A TREE, ABOUT 35' AGL. THE ACFT THEN HIT A POLE (ABOUT 190' FROM THE TREE) BEFORE IMPACTING THE GROUND. WRECKAGE DEBRIS EXTENDED ABOUT 625' FROM THE INITIAL IMPACT POINT WITH THE TREE. THE RPRTD WX AT THE ARPT WAS IN PART: INDEFINITECEILING, VIS 1/4 MI WITH FOG, WIND FROM 200 DEG AT 7 KTS. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION OF THE ACFT OR ENG WAS EVIDENT.

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

CONTINUED FLIGHT BY THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT INTO INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS (IMC), AND HIS FAILURE TO MAINTAIN SUFFICIENT ALTITUDE. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: DARKNESS, ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS, THE PILOT'S LACK OF INSTRUMENT EXPERIENCE, AND HIS FAILURE TO UPDATE HIS WEATHER INFORMATION.

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