NTSB Identification: CHI84FA110.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24356.
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 15, 1984 in SALEM, OH
Aircraft: CESSNA 177RG, registration: N52697
Injuries: 2 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 GOT A WEATHER BRIEFING AND WAS ADVISED OF AREAS OF FOG. WHILE TAKING OFF TOWARD THE WEST, HE ENCOUNTERED FOG. THE ACFT ENTERED A RIGHT TURN ABOUT 1000 FT FROM THE END OF THE RWY & SUBSEQUENTLY CRASHED ABOUT 1 MI NORTHWEST OF THE ARPT. INITIAL IMPACT WAS WITH THE TOPS OF TREES AT APRX 80 FT AGL. THE WX AT A REPORTING STATION ABOUT 24 MI AWAY WAS, IN PART: SKY OBSCURED, VISIBILITY 1/8 MI WITH FOG. ACCORDING TO THE POLICE, THE WX AT THE DEPARTURE ARPT WAS ABOUT THE SAME. THE WX AT THE ARPT WAS CHECKED THE NEXT MORNING AT THE SAME TIME OF DAY & IT WAS NOTED THAT THE FOG WAS HEAVIEST AT THE DEPARTURE END OF THE TAKEOFF RWY.

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

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

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..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

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


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