NTSB Identification: CHI85LA076.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27384.
Accident occurred Sunday, December 23, 1984 in BYRON TOWNSHIP, WI
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N26055
Injuries: 1 Serious,2 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE LOW TIME 55 HR PILOT WAS WX BRIEFED ON UNFAVORABLE FLT CONDITIONS EN ROUTE TO DESTINATION. HE DEPARTED NO FLT PLAN. AS HE APPROACHED DESTINATION, 8 MI SOUTH, THE CEILING HAD LOWERED TO 200 FT, VISIBILITY ONE MI; ICING ON WINDSHIELD. WHILE FOLLOWING HIGHWAY, STRUCK GUY WIRE AT 177 FT AGL OF A 180 FT TOWER. PILOT LOST CONTROL AND CRASHED IN A FIELD.

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

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

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT

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