NTSB Identification: SEA84FA064.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23495.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 01, 1984 in STEVENSON, WA
Aircraft: CESSNA U206, registration: N735KE
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 INITIATED A FLT IN WEATHER WITH LOW VISIBILITY, RAIN AND FOG. THE PLT HAD REPORTEDLY CHECKED THE WEATHER BUT DECIDED TO FLY ANYWAY. ABOUT 30 MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF WHILE THE PLT WAS MANEUVERING AT LOW ALT, THE ACFT CRASHED IN A RIVER. THE ACFT SANK IN 65 FT OF WATER AND WAS NOT RECOVERED. AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT, THE WATER WAS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN 'GLASSY SMOOTH.'

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:

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WATER,GLASSY


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL DETECTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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