NTSB Identification: MKC85FA180.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28447.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 10, 1985 in VERSAILLES, MO
Aircraft: Ryan ST-A, registration: N17351
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 PLT OF ANOTHER (ACCOMPANYING) ACFT, HAD BRIEFED THE PLT OF N17351, ON WX THAT COULD BE EXPECTED EN ROUTE. INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING THE OTHER ACFT AS HE HAD BEEN BRIEFED, THE PLT OF N17351 GOT IN THE LEAD. WHILE EN ROUTE, HE WAS OBSERVED TO FLY UNDER THE EDGE OF CLOUDS FROM WHICH HE DID NOT RETURN. A GROUND WITNESS SAW HIM COME OUT OF A LOW CEILING IN APRX A 45 DEG NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE & IMPACT IN AN OPEN FIELD. NEITHER THE ACFT NOR THE PLT WERE CERTIFIED FOR FLT IN INSTRUMENT CONDITIONS.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..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:

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN

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