NTSB Identification: FTW87LA002.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31560.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 04, 1986 in MINDEN, LA
Aircraft: ROBINSON R22, registration: N90455
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PLT ENTERED IMC CONDITIONS WHILE IN CRUISE FLT ON A DARK NIGHT AT AN ALTITUDE OF 500 FT. HE THEN ENTERED A DESCENT TO REACH VMC. DURING THE DESCENT, THE HELICOPTER COLLIDED WITH A TREE AT APRX 75 TO 100 FEET AGL,THEN CRASHED TO THE GROUND.

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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