NTSB Identification: DEN89FA091.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38819.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 23, 1989 in EUGENE, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/28/1991
Aircraft: CESSNA 210D, registration: N3823Y
Injuries: 1 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.

THE PLT WAS FLYING TO EUGENE, OREGON TO HAVE AVIONICS WORK PERFORMED ON THE ACFT. HE DESCENDED THRU A 'HOLE IN THE CLOUDS' ABOUT 17 MI FROM THE ARPT. IMC CONDITIONS PREVAILED & THE PLT OBTAINED A SPECIAL VFR CLEARANCE TO THE ARPT. HE RADIOED THAT HE HAD VISUAL CONTACT WITH THE GROUND & THAT HE WAS AT AN ALTITUDE OF JUST OVER 1000 FT. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE AIRPLANE STRUCK THE TOPS OF SVRL FIR TREES (APRX 75 TO 100 FT TALL), ATOP A MOUNTAIN RIDGE THAT ROSE TO AN ELEVATION OF ABOUT 1100 FT. THE PLT DID NOT HAVE AN INSTRUMENT RATING. THE 0755 PST WX AT EUGENE (ELEV 365 FT) WAS IN PART: 800 FT OVC, 4 MI VIS WITH FOG & SMOKE.

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

THE PILOT'S DECISION TO CONTINUE VFR FLIGHT INTO INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS (IMC). FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: THE TERRAIN AND WEATHER CONDITIONS AT THE ACCIDENT SITE, AND THE PILOT'S LACK OF INSTRUMENT EXPERIENCE.

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