NTSB Identification: ATL87FA235.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35583.
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 19, 1987 in CAMILIA, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/14/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172A, registration: N7559T
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.

THIS FLT HAD BEEN DELAYED SEVERAL DAYS DUE TO POOR WEATHER IN THE AREA. ON THE DAY OF THE FLT THE PLT WAITED UNTIL THE LOCAL AREA FOG HAD DISSIPATED BEFORE DEPARTING THE PRIVATE AIR STRIP. THE ACFT WAS HEARD ABOVE THE CLOUDS ABOUT FIVE MILES FROM THE CRASH SITE. WITNESSES AT THE CRASH SITE ALSO REPORTED HEARING THE AIRCRAFT CIRCLING OVERHEAD. ONLY ONE OF THEM GOT A GLIMPSE OF IT JUST ABOVE THE TOPS OF THE TREES. CLOUDS WERE AT TREE TOP HEIGHT IN THE AREA. THE ACFT WAS IN ITS THIRD CIRCLE WHEN IT STRUCK THE GROUND AND A FENCE.

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..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..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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

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