NTSB Identification: ATL86FA002.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29518.
Accident occurred Thursday, October 03, 1985 in HURRICANE, WV
Aircraft: Grumman American AA-5, registration: N9629U
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.

N9629U CRASHED IN A WOODED AREA NEAR HURRICANE, WEST VIRGINIA WHILE CONDUCTING A VISUAL FLIGHT FROM MILLWOOD, WV TO GRUNDY, VIRGINIA. THE PILOT AND AIRCRAFT WERE CERTIFICATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH CURRENT FARS. THE PILOT RECEIVED A WEATHER BRIEFING FOR THE INTENDED ROUTE OF FLIGHT. THE LOWEST CONDITION REPORTED WAS 400 FOOT CEILING WITH SCATTERED CLOUDS IN WEST VIRGINIA. THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH TREES AND BURNED AFTER STRIKING THE GROUND. THE WRECKAGE SITE WAS SMALL AND THE SWATH THROUGH THE TREES WAS NARROW. THE INVESTIGATION FAILED TO DISCLOSE ANY MATERIAL OR SYSTEM MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE. THE PILOT WAS NOT INSTRUMENT RATED.

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

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

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..IMPROPER..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:

PLANNING/DECISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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