NTSB Identification: CHI86LA081.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30599.
Accident occurred Saturday, February 01, 1986 in MARENGO, OH
Aircraft: CESSNA 150M, registration: N2942V
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT WAS RELYING ON HIS LORAN C FOR NAVIGATION WHEN HE DECIDED TO ALTER HIS DESTINATION TO DELAWARE MUNICIPAL ARPT DUE TO ADVERSE WINDS AND TURBULENCE. HE HAD BEEN CHECKING HIS CHARTS FOR OBSTRUCTIONS WHEN THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES IN A WOODED AREA SHORT OF HIS DESTINATION. THE PLT HAD JUST DESCENDED TO 2200 FT MSL TO AVOID TURBULENCE . HE STATED HE MAY HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT HIS CHARTS FOR UP TO FORTY SECONDS BUT THAT WAS NOT CUSTOMARY FOR HIM BECAUSE HIS ACFT 'HAS A TENDENCY TO ENTER A LEFT TURN EASY, HANDS OFF.'

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

VISUAL LOOKOUT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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