NTSB Identification: CHI87FA083.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34129.
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 11, 1987 in FERGUS FALLS, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N734MV
Injuries: 4 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.

FOLLOWING A 1.5 HOUR PERSONAL FLIGHT AT NIGHT, THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED INTO THE SIDE OF A LOW HILL NEAR THE DESTINATION AIRPORT. ALTHOUGH THE PILOT HAD A TOTAL OF 6 HOURS OF NIGHT TIME, MOST OF HIS SOLO NIGHT TIME WAS DURING THIS LAST FLIGHT. HAZY VFR CONDITIONS EXISTED AT THE TIME. BIRDS WERE ACTIVE IN THE AREA AND A FEW FEATHERS WERE LOCATED AROUND THE WRECK, BUT NO BIRD BLOOD, UNUSUAL DENTING OF THE AIRCRAFT OR ACTUAL BIRD REMAINS WERE FOUND.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OPERATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR PROCEDURES..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE

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