NTSB Identification: CHI85FA036.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27828.
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 31, 1984 in NORTH FREEDOM, WI
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32R-300, registration: N30TR
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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.

AT AN EARLY MORNING PREDEPARTURE WX BRIEFING THE PILOT WAS ADVISED OF DETERIORATING AFTERNOON WX PILOT FLEW CROSS COUNTRY CONDUCTED BUSINESS AND DEPARTED LATE AFTERNOON WITH NO WX BRIEF NO FLT PLAN DEPARTURE AREA AND DESTINATION BOTH REPORTING IMC WHILE ATTEMPTING TO REMAIN VFR UNDER A RAGGED 600 FT CEILING PILOT ENTERED CLOUDS AND STRUCK TREES ON A RIDGE

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

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

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

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

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

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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