NTSB Identification: FTW85FA087.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27038.
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 25, 1984 in BRACKETTVILLE, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA T210N, registration: N6578Y
Injuries: 3 Fatal,2 Minor.
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 HAD FILED AN INSTRUMENT FLT PLAN FROM HOW TO DHT AND HAD RECEIVED A WX BRIEFING FOR THE ROUTE. THE FLT PROCEEDEDTO DHT WHERE RADAR CONTACT WAS LOST AND THE ACFT WAS CLEARED FOR AN APCH. THE PLT CANCELED IFR. THE PLT THEN PROCEEDED TO BRACKETTVILLE, TX, WHERE THE ACFT CONTACTED TREES AND THE TERRAIN. WITNESSES CONFIRMED VISIBILITY WAS RESTRICTED DO THE LOW CEILING, FOG AND LIGHT CONDITION. BRACKETTVILLE ARPT IS UNLIGHTED AND HAS NO APPROVED IFR APCH. THE PLT HAD LIMITED TIME TO COMPLETE A COMMERCIAL PROJECT FOR THE USAF.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND
WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING
VISUAL LOOKOUT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
LOW PASS..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND
WEATHER CONDITION..DARK NIGHT
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