NTSB Identification: FTW87FA031.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32413.
Accident occurred Sunday, December 14, 1986 in EL RENO, OK
Aircraft: CESSNA 172K, registration: N736XP
Injuries: 2 Fatal,1 Serious.

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.

PRIVATE PILOT OF CESSNA 172K ATTEMPTED VFR FLIGHT IN IFR FLIGHT CONDITIONS. CONTACTED OKC APPROACH CONTROL AND REQUESTED SPECIAL VFR APPROACH DURING HOURS OF DARKNESS. APPROACH DENIED SPECIAL VFR DUE TO LACK OF INSTRUMENT QUALIFICATION OF PILOT. PILOT WAS ISSUED RADAR VECTORS FOR LANDING AT NEARBY AIRPORT. PILOT ATTEMPTED TO FLY BENEATH LOW CEILING IN FOG AND ALLOWED AIRCRAFT TO CONTACT TERRAIN. PILOT AND ONE PASSENGER FATALLY INJURED. SECOND PASSENGER SERIOUSLY INJURED. AIRCRAFT DESTROYED. PILOT HAD APPROXIMATELY 150 HOURS OF FLIGHT TIME.

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLIMB..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MENTAL PERFORMANCE OVERLOAD..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

DESCENT..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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