NTSB Identification: FTW86FA063.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30890.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 12, 1986 in DALLAS, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 177RG, registration: N8047G
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 PILOT WAS ADVISED BY THE FAA WEATHER BRIEFER, PRIOR TO FLIGHT, AGAINST MAKING THIS FLIGHT DUE TO PRESENT AND FORECAST WEATHER CONDITIONS. AFTER ARRIVING IN THE GENERAL AREA OF HIS DESTINATION THE PLT OBSERVED THE WEATHER CONDITIONS AND COMMENTED ON THIER SEVERITY TO THE FAA CONTROLLER. THE LOCAL CONTROLLER SUGGESTED THREE TIMES THAT THE FLIGHT DIVERT TO LOVE FIELD. THE MOST PROBABLE REASON FOR THE PLT NOT DIVERTING WAS THAT A FRIEND WAS AWAITING HIS ARRIVAL AT ADDISON AIRPORT. THE PLT WAS POSSIBLY INCAPACITATED BY HAIL IMPACT AFTER THE WINDSHIELD HAD SEPARATED. FURTHERMORE, CESSNA ENGINEERS STATED THE AIRCRAFT MOST PROBABLY WOULD BE UNCONTROLLABLE WITHOUT THE WINDSHIELD IN PLACE.

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

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

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

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM

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

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER CONDITION..HAIL

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

WINDOW,FLIGHT COMPARTMENT WINDOW/WINDSHIELD..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

FLIGHT ADVISORIES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN AIRCRAFT'S ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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