NTSB Identification: MKC87FA169.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34992.
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 26, 1987 in KANORADO, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/24/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-260, registration: N8975P
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 FSS STATED THEY HAD PERSONALLY BRIEFED THE STUDENT PILOT ON THE WX EN ROUTE FOR THIS NIGHT FLIGHT AND TOLD HIM VFR WAS NOT RECOMMENDED. AT THE FIRST STOP, HE CALLED THE CO-OWNER OF THE AIRPLANE AND TOLD HER HE HAD BEEN FLYING AROUND STORMS. AT THE NEXT STOP, HE TOLD A POLICEMAN HE WAS LOST AND ASKED FOR DIRECTIONS. WHEN THE AIRPLANE DID NOT ARRIVE, A SEARCH WAS INITIATED. THE AIRPLANE HAD TOUCHED DOWN IN A CORNFIELD ON THE LEFT WINGTIP AND CARTWHEELED. AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT, THE WX 18NM EAST WAS PARTIAL OBSCURATION, MEASURED CEILING 100 FT. BROKEN, 1500 FT. OVERCAST, VISIBILITY 3 MILES IN FOG, TEMP. 57 DEGREES F, WINDS FROM 360 DEGREES AT 6 KTS, ALTIMETER 30.12 IN HG. NO RECORD OF THE PLTS FLT TIME COULD BE LOCATED.

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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