NTSB Identification: ATL87FA087.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34287.
Accident occurred Monday, March 09, 1987 in ONEIDA, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/07/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 150H, registration: N50077
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 PILOT CONTACTED THE FSS SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE MORNING FOR WEATHER ALONG HIS PROPOSED ROUTE OF FLIGHT. SHORTLY AFTER LUNCH HE DEPARTED WITHOUT A FLIGHT PLAN. HE REPORTED TO ONE FSS THAT HE WAS VFR ONLY BUT CONTINUED ALTHOUGH VFR WAS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PORTIONS OF HIS ROUTE. AT ONE POINT HE REPORTED THAT HE WAS AT 6,000 FT AND ON TOP, AND ASKED FOR DIRECTIONS TO AN AIRPORT THAT WAS VFR. LATER HE WAS HEARD TRYING TO CONTACT THE TOWER AT HIS DESTINATION. A COMMERCIAL FLIGHT TRIED TO RELAY INFORMATION TO HIM BUT WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL. AN NTAP READ OUT OF RADAR DATA ENDS SHORTLY THEREAFTER. THE WRECKAGE WAS FOUND WRAPPED AROUND A TREE ON THE SIDE OF A VERTICAL ROCK CLIFF.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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