NTSB Identification: CHI85FA014.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27283.
Accident occurred Friday, October 12, 1984 in HOOPESTON, IL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N734ML
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.

THE PLT LANDED SHORT OF DESTINATION & REPORTED TO FSS THAT HE DID SO BECAUSE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AREA. AFTER RECEIVING A WX BRIEFING THE NON-INST PLT CANCELLED HIS VFR FLT PLAN. ONE HOUR LATER THE PLT CALLED FSS & WAS RE-BRIEFED ON THE WX. THE WX AT HIS DESTINATION, 55 MI TO THE EAST, WAS VFR. THE PLT RE-FILED HIS FLT PLAN & DEPARTED INTO DARK NIGHT CONDITIONS. THE ACFT CRASHED 17.5 MI EAST OF HIS DEPARTURE POINT. LOCAL RESIDENTS REPORTED HEAVY RAIN IN THE AREA. THE 52 HR TOTAL TIME PLT CRASHED IN A DESCENDING RT TURN IN AN OPEN FIELD. THIS WAS THE PLT'S FIRST SOLO FLT IN THIS MAKE/MODEL ACFT.

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

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

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

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER EVALUATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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