NTSB Identification: SEA85FA067.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28219.
Accident occurred Friday, March 01, 1985 in BANCROFT, ID
Aircraft: CESSNA 175, registration: N9386B
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.

THE ACFT IMPACTED LEVEL TERRAIN APRX 500 YARDS EAST OF THE BANCROFT ARPT. N9386B WAS ONE OF A FLT OF TWO ACFT RETURNING TO BANCROFT FROM PRESTON, ID. THE WX HAD DETERIORATED DURING THE FLT WITH SNOW SHOWERS AND BLOWING SNOW. WHILE THE OTHER ACFT WAS LANDING AT BANCROFT. THE PLT OF N9386B ELECTED TO FLY OVER HIS HOUSE BEFORE LANDING. THE PLT'S WIFE HEARD THE ACFT FLY OVER AND BECAME CONCERNED WHEN HE DID NOT RETURN HOME. THE ACFT CONTACTED THE TERRAIN LEFT WING FIRST AND CARTWHEELED. THE WRECKAGE WAS LOCATED ALONG WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A BASE LEG FOR RWY 25.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..WHITEOUT


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


Contributing Factors

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

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