NTSB Identification: FTW87FA078.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33492.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 15, 1987 in KERRVILLE, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-151, registration: N6785F
Injuries: 3 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 NON-INSTRUMENT PILOT CONTINUED VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC CONDITIONS. THE ACFT STRUCK TOP OF RIDGELINE WHILE TRAVELING AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED AND WAS DEMOLISHED. NO EVIDENCE OF A PRE-IMPACT FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION OF THE ACFT WAS FOUND.

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

AIRSPEED..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DESCENT..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER EVALUATION..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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