NTSB Identification: ATL85FA106.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27571.
Accident occurred Friday, March 01, 1985 in WARSAW, NC
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N757FP
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.

LOW TIME, NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PLT DELAYED DEPARTURE BECAUSE OF UNEXPECTED DETERIORATION OF WEATHER. FSS BRIEFER ADVISED WX WOULD IMPROVE, BETTER TOWARD DESTINATION ARPT. WX CONDITIONS CONTINUED TO WORSEN AFTER BRIEFING, WORSE THAN FCST. PLT DEPARTED 3 HRS AFTER BRIEFING WITHOUT GETTING UPDATE. MADE LEFT 180 DEGREE TURN AFTER TKOF, DEPARTED ARPT TO THE SW. OBSERVED TURNING RT TO WEST, CONTINUED TO NORTH BEFORE STRIKING TREES IN HIGH SPEED. WITNESSES AT ARPT AND NEAR ACCIDENT SITE DESCRIBED 100-300 FT CEILING, VISIBILITY 1 MILE OR LESS WITH DRIZZLE AND FOG. PLT HAD NO ACTUAL INSTRUMENT EXPERIENCE.

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

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


Contributing Factors

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER FORECAST..INACCURATE..NWS PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER EVALUATION..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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