NTSB Identification: CHI87FA050.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34487.
Accident occurred Monday, December 15, 1986 in DURAND, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 182P, registration: N21016
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.

STUDENT PILOT COLLIDED WITH TERRAIN WHILE ATTEMPTING TO REMAIN IN VISUAL CONTACT WITH THE GROUND DURING VERY LOW LIGHT AND IN VERY HEAVY GROUND FOG DURING A CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT. THE PILOT RUSHED HIS DEPARTURE IN AN ATTEMPT TO GET HOME BEFORE DARK AND THERE IS NO RECORD OF THE PILOT RECEIVING ANY WEATHER BRIEFING BEFORE HIS DEPARTURE NOR DID AN INSTRUCTOR REVIEW HIS PLANNING FOR THE FLIGHT. PLT FLT TIME WAS NOT AVAILABLE/NOT REPORTED.

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

ALTITUDE..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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