NTSB Identification: MKC89LA053.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38832.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 15, 1989 in MALMO, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/28/1991
Aircraft: MOONEY M20, registration: N4096H
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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 NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT INADVERTENTLY ENTERED INSTRUMENT FLIGHT CONDITIONS AND EXPERIENCED WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. SUBSEQUENTLY, HE LOST CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT & IT CRASHED ON A FROZEN LAKE.

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

THE PILOT'S INADVERTENT VFR FLIGHT INTO INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS (IMC), WHICH RESULTED IN HIS LOSS OF AIRCRAFT CONTROL, DUE SPATIAL DISORIENTATION. A RELATED FACTOR TO THE ACCIDENT WAS: THE ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITION.

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