NTSB Identification: MKC88FA021.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35407.
Accident occurred Sunday, November 15, 1987 in MENA, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/27/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N9131J
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.

ON THE DAY OF THIS ACCIDENT, THERE WAS A WELL-PUBLICIZED WEATHER SYSTEM AFFECTING THE WEATHER ALONG THE PILOT'S ROUTE: WARM MOIST GULF AIR WAS MOVING NORTHWARD TOWARD A COLD FRONT THAT EXTENDED FROM MEXICO TO CANADA. RESIDENTS IN THE AREA SAID THE REGION HAD LOW CEILINGS, LOW VISIBILITY AND THUNDERSTORMS. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THE PILOT CONTACTED ANY GOVERNMENT AGENCY FOR PREFLIGHT WEATHER INFORMATION. THE AIRPLANE FLEW ALMOST STRAIGHT AND LEVEL INTO TREES AND TERRAIN AT THE 2600-FOOT LEVEL ON FOURCH MOUNTAIN, NORTH OF MENA, ARKANSAS.

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

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

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

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

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM

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