NTSB Identification: ATL85FA113.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28619.
Accident occurred Friday, March 08, 1985 in LE BANON, VA
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N5430B
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.

THE ACFT IMPACTED TREES AND CAME TO REST 400 FT DOWNSLOPE FROM THE TOP OF CLINCH MOUNTAIN. THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PLT DEPARTED SPRINFIELD, MO, WITH A CEILING OF APRX 300-400 FT AGL. THE PLT THEN LANDED AT COOKEVILLE, TN, WHERE HE RECEIVED A WX BRIEFING AND FUEL. THE PLT STATED TO THE FSS BRIEFER, HE HAD TO DEVIATE SOUTH OF HIS ORIGINALLY PLANNED COURSE BECAUSE OF WX AND HE WANTED TO EXTEND HIS FLT PLAN. THE PLT WAS ADVISED DURING THE BRIEFING THAT VFR WAS NOT RECOMMENDED ALONG THE ROUTE OF FLT BECAUSE OF RAINSHOWERS, LOW CEILINGS AND LOW VISIBILITIES. COOKEVILLE WAS MVFR BUT IFR WAS FORECAST ALONG THE ROUTE AS THE DETERIORATING WX MOVED SOUTH. WX IN THE AREA OF THE ACCIDENT AT THE TIME WAS REPORTED AS BEING MARGINAL.

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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