NTSB Identification: NYC86LA185.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32985.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 16, 1986 in LOCK HAVEN, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N32777
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 PILOT MADE A DEPARTURE FROM AN UNCONTROLLED AIRPORT. DURING THE CLIMB IN IMC CONDITIONS, THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK TREES AND CRASHED. THE AIRCRAFT RECEIVED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE AND THE PILOT RECEIVED SERIOUS INJURIES. THE PILOT HAD A CLEARANCE, HOWEVER, THE CLOUDS DID NOT PERMIT A VFR CLIMB TO ALTITUDE. THE PILOT ENTERED THE CLOUDS WITHOUT EXACT KNOWLEDGE OF HIS POSITION OR AN APPROVED DEPARTURE PROCEDURE. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED IN UNCONTROLLED AIRSPACE.

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

IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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