NTSB Identification: FTW84FA180.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26307.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 31, 1984 in BEAUMONT, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 210-5(205), registration: N8150Z
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.

THE ACFT WAS FLOWN INTO IMC WX AFTER THE FLT HAD BEEN ADVISED BY THE WX SERVICE THAT VFR FLT WAS BARELY FEASIBLE. NO WX BRIEFING BY FAA WAS RECORDED & NO FLT PLAN WAS FILED. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED DURING THE HRS OF DARKNESS. A WITNESS NEAR THE ACCIDENT SITE OBSERVED AN ACFT THRU BREAKS IN THE CLOUDS WHICH APPEARED TO BE FLYING UNDER CONTROL ON TOP OF THE CLOUDS OR IN BETWEEN LAYERS OF CLOUDS. A LOUD SOUND WAS HEARD AND THE ACFT WAS SEEN TO FALL OUT OF A SOLID UPPER CLOUD LAYER FOR ABOUT 300-500 FT BEFORE DISAPPEARING INTO A LOWER CLOUD LAYER. SEPARATED COMPONENT OF THE LEFT & RT WINGS OF THE ACFT WERE LOCATED OVER A MILE FROM THE MAIN WRECKAGE IMPACT CRATER. THE PLTS LOG DID NOT CONTAIN ANY HISTORY OF HOODED OR INSTRUMENT FLT. NO MEDICAL OR MECHANICAL DISCREPANCIES OF A CAUSAL NATURE WERE FOUND DURING THE POST ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION.

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

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

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:

MANEUVER..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

WEATHER OBSERVATION..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WING,BRACING STRUT..FAILURE,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE IN CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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