NTSB Identification: NYC87FA192.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35065.
Accident occurred Friday, June 26, 1987 in ELLENVILLE, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/11/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 182P, registration: N722DD
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.

THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH RISING TERRAIN IN A MOUNTAINOUS AREA OF MINNEWASKA STATE PARK WHILE CLIMBING TO CRUISE ON A VFR FLIGHT. THE CRASH SITE WAS ABOUT 1,430 FEET HIGHER IN ELEVATION THAN THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT. THE WEATHER AT THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT WAS 1000 FEET BROKEN, 2000 FEET OVERCAST. PARK RANGERS SAID THE MOUNTAINTOPS WERE OBSCURED IN THE AFTERNOON ON THE ACCIDENT DATE. THE SPECIALIST AT THE POUGHKEEPSIE FSS STATED THAT AFTER HE COPIED THE PLT'S REQUESTED IFR FLT PLAN, HE ASKED IF THE PLT WANTED A WX BRIEF. THE PLT REPLIED NO AND ACCORDING TO THE SPECIALIST, HUNG UP THE PHONE. ABOUT TWO MINUTES AFTER BEING GIVEN TAXI INSTRUCTIONS AND PUTTING HIS CLEARANCE ON REQUEST, THE PLT WAS ADVISED THAT THERE WAS NO FLT PLAN STORED AND HE WOULD HAVE TO COME IN AND FILE ONE. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, THE PLT REQUESTED A VFR DEPARTURE AND WAS CLEARED FOR TKOF.

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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