NTSB Identification: NYC86FA002.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30044.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 05, 1985 in BREAKABEEN, NY
Aircraft: CESSNA C-377A, registration: N6524J
Injuries: 3 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 WAS ADVISED BY SEVERAL SOURCES THAT BAD WX WAS LOCATED ALONG THE INTENDED ROUTE OF FLT. THE PLT STATED THAT HE INTENDED TO FLY OVER THE BAD WX SINCE WX AT THE DESTINATION WAS GOOD. A MAYDAY CALL FROM 24J WAS BROADCASTED OVER THE EMER. FREQ. WITNESSES OBSERVED THE ACFT SPIN OUT OF THE SKY FOLLOWED BY PIECES OF ALUMINUM. WITNESSES STATED THAT THE WX AT THE TIME WAS THUNDERSTORMS, LIGHTNING, HIGH WINDS AND HEAVY RAINS.

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

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

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER EVALUATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND





Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PANIC..PILOT IN COMMAND

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