NTSB Identification: LAX85LA196.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28056.
Accident occurred Monday, April 08, 1985 in SANTA BARBARA, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA P210N, registration: N6099P
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

AFTER RECEIVING A SPECIAL VFR CLEARANCE TO DEPART THE CONTROL ZONE TO THE NORTHEAST THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PLT TOOK OFF ON A SOUTHEASTERLY HEADING OVER THE WATER UNDER LOW CEILINGS AND IN LOW VISIBILITY. A CONTROLLER OBSERVED THE ACFT START A RIGHT TURN AFTER TAKEOFF THEN ROLL LEFT INTO A LEFT TURN. ANOTHER CONTROLLER OBSERVED THE ACFT'S RADAR TARGET CLIMB TO 600 FT THEN DESCEND TO 500 FT BEFORE DISAPPEARING OFF THE SCOPE APRX 1 MILE SOUTH OF THE ARPT. TWO GROUND WITNESSES OBSERVED THE ACFT IMPACT THE WATER AFTER DESCENDING OUT OF THE CLOUDS.

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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

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