NTSB Identification: CHI84FAMS2.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26887.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 04, 1984 in ST. JOSEPH, MI
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N52444
Injuries: 1 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.

PIECES OF WRECKAGE AND THE BODY OF THE PLT WERE RECOVERED FROM LAKE MICHIGAN APRX 4 MI SW OF ST JOSEPH. WX AT THE DEP ARPT WAS VFR BUT DETERIORATED ALONG THE ROUTE OF FLT OVER THE LAKE DUE TO FOG BECOMING IMC. A CAUTION STATEMENT PRINTED ON THE CHICAGO SECTIONAL WARNED PLTS OF A LOSS OF HORIZONTAL REFERENCE AT LOW ALT OVER THE LAKE DURING HAZY CONDITIONS OR AT NIGHT. THERE WERE NO RADIO COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PLT AFTER BEING CLEARED TO TAKEOFF WITH A NORTH EASTERLY DEP.

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

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

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

ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..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




Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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