NTSB Identification: MKC84FA110.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24064.
Accident occurred Monday, March 19, 1984 in GASCONADE, MO
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N30667
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 LANDED AT AN ARPT WHERE, BY HIS OWN DESCRIPTION, THE WX WAS NEAR ZERO IN RAIN. HE THEN RECEIVED 2 WX BRIEFINGS. DURING THE 1ST BRIEFING THE PLT INDICATED THAT HE COULD MAKE THE FLT IFR. THE PLT WAS ADVISED OF A SIGMET FOR SEVERE ICING CONDITIONS AT LOWER ALTITUDES IN THE COLUMBIA AREA. DURING THE 2ND BRIEFING HE WAS ADVISED THAT COLUMBIA WX WAS INDEFINITE 100 FT SKY OBSCURED, 1/4 MI VISIBILITY IN LIGHT DRIZZLE & FOG. THE FLT DEPARTED LITCHFIELD AT ABOUT 1400. AT 1530 THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE TOPS OF TREES ON A STEEP, TREE COVERED BLUFF ALONG THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE MISSOURI RIVER.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS

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