NTSB Identification: ATL86FA223.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32158.
Accident occurred Thursday, August 21, 1986 in WEST GREEN, GA
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-30, registration: N6655V
Injuries: 2 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 PLT TOOK OFF AT 1259 EDT, & AT 1318, HE REPORTED LEVEL AT 10,000'. THERE WAS NO FURTHER COMM WITH THE ACFT. AT ABOUT 1342, RADAR CONTACT WAS LOST. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT WRECKAGE WAS FND SCATTERED OVER A 425 YD AREA, ALONG A SW AZMITH, APRX 1/2 MI FROM WHERE RADAR CONTACT WAS LOST. THE ENG, EMPENNAGE & L WING WERE SEPD FROM THE MAIN WRECKAGE WHICH CONTAINED THE FUSELAGE & RGT WING. THE L WING WAS FND ABOUT 425' NE OF THE FUSELAGE & THE HORIZONTAL STABILIZERS WERE FND NEAR THE L WING WITH EVIDENCE OF DOWNWARD FAILURE. PERSONNEL IN THE AREA RPRTD A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM (TSTM) AT ABOUT THE TIME OF THE ACDNT. RADAR DATA INDICATED THE PRESENCE OF A LVL 4 OR STRONGER TSTM IN THE VICINITY. A SIGMET HAD BEEN ISSUED AT 1255 & WARNED OF TSTMS WITH TOPS ABOVE 45,000'. THE PLT DID NOT UPDATE HIS WX INFO WHILE EN ROUTE.

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

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




Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM


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