NTSB Identification: CHI86FA013.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29664.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 19, 1985 in MURPHYSBORO, IL
Aircraft: CESSNA 170A, registration: N9271A
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 TOOK OFF IN MARGINAL VMC IN AN ACFT PLACARDED FOR 'DAY VFR ONLY'. APRX 32 MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES AND DESCENDED TO GROUND IMPACT. A HUNTER IN THE LOCAL AREA AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT REPORTED HEARING THE ACFT ENG SOUND CHANGE AS IF THE ACFT WERE TURNING. HE STATED HE COULD NOT SEE THE ACFT BECAUSE OF LOW CLOUDS, POOR VISIBILITY AND HEAVY RAIN.

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..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

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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