NTSB Identification: CHI85FA157.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28828.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 07, 1985 in MUNCIE, IN
Aircraft: CESSNA 210L, registration: N35592
Injuries: 4 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 PLT TOOK OFF AT 1125 EST AFTER RECEIVING A WX BRIEFING. WHILE EN ROUTE, THE FORECAST WX FOR THE DESTN BCM WORSE & A SIGMET (1E) WAS ISSUED. AT 1444, THE PLT CONTACTED FT WAYNE FSS & HAD HIS VFR FLT PLAN EXTNDD 1 HR. HE NEITHER REQUESTEDNOR RECEIVED UPDATED WX INFO, WHICH INCLUDED FLT PRECAUTIONS FOR ICING, TURBC & THUNDERSTORMS. AT APRX 1500, BFR IMPACT,THE ACFT WAS SEEN COMING OUT OF A SNOW STORM IN AN UNCONTROLLED DSCNT. THE WRECKAGE WAS SCATTERED OVR AN AREA APRX 1-1/2MI LONG. AN EXAM REVEALED THE L WING, L HORIZONTAL STABILIZER & RUDDER HAD SEPARATED FROM OVERLOAD FAILURE. THERE WAS EVIDENCE THE L WING HAD FAILED UPWARD & STRUCK THE EMPENNAGE DRG SEPN. NO PRE-ACDNT FAILURE/MALFUNCTION WAS FND. ACCORD-ING TO AVAILABLE WX INFO, CLD BASES AT THE ACDNT SITE WERE 2000' MSL (APRX 1100' AGL), TOPS AT 10,000' MSL, VIS ZERO IN CLDS & GREATER THAN 3 MI BELOW CLDS IN SNW SHWRS, FRZG LVL NEAR 3000', MOD TO SVR TURBC BELOW 4000', MOD TO SVR ICING ININ CLDS & IN PRECIP ABOVE THE FRZG LVL.

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:

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DESIGN STRESS LIMITS OF AIRCRAFT..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT WEATHER ADVISORIES..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

HAZARDOUS WEATHER ADVISORY..NOT ISSUED..ATC PERSONNEL(FSS)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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