NTSB Identification: CHI86FA230.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34742.
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 23, 1986 in EAST TAWAS, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 172K, registration: N78715
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.

AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH TREES WHILE IN LOW LEVEL FLIGHT FOLLOWING A PREDAWN DEPARTURE. AN AIRPORT 10 MILES TO THE NORTH WAS REPORTING VERY LOW CEILINGS WITH VISIBILITIES LOWER THAN 1/2 MILE IN FOG AND DRIZZLE. THE PROXIMITY TO THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT AND THE AIRCRAFT'S HEADING ON IMPACT SUGGEST THAT THE PILOT MAY HAVE BEEN TRYING TO MAINTAIN VISUAL CONTACT WITH THE GROUND WHILE RETURNING TO LAND AT THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT. THE PLT LOGS OF THE PLTS WERE NOT RECOVERED AND NO FLT TIME INFORMATION WAS AVAILABLE.

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

VFR PROCEDURES..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PRESSURE INDUCED BY OTHERS..PILOT PASSENGER


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER EVALUATION..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

CLIMB..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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