NTSB Identification: FTW85FA090.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27115.
Accident occurred Saturday, December 29, 1984 in GALVESTON, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 172L, registration: N2823Q
Injuries: 3 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.

A RECENTLY CERTIFICATED PRIVATE PILOT WITH NO KNOWN INSTRUMENT TRAINING WAS GIVEN A 'VFR NOT RECOMMENDED' WEATHER BRIEFING FOR A RETURN TRIP ON A PLEASURE FLIGHT. WEATHER CONDITIONS WERE PREDICTED TO, AND DID, DETERIORATE RAPIDLY. HE TOOK OFF AND TURNED ON COURSE, ENCOUNTERED IMC AND LOST CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT BEFORE LEAVING THE AIRPORT BOUNDARY. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED THE GROUND IN A STEEP INVERTED DIVE.

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:

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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

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

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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