NTSB Identification: CHI83FA076.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20287.
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 05, 1983 in HANOVER PARK, IL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N9621Q
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.

THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED IN AN OPEN FIELD ABOUT ONE AND ONE HALF MILES FROM THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT. THE WEATHER WAS IMC WITH LOW CEILINGS AND VISIBILTY IN FOG AND SNOW. THERE WAS NO RECORD THAT THE PILOT RECEIVED A WEATHER BRIEFING. GROUND WITNESSES NEAR THE SITE SAID THE VISIBILITY WAS ONE MILE OR LESS AND CEILINGS 100 TO 200 FEET. DURING THE CRASH SEQUENCE, THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK A TREE ABOUT 60 FEET NORTHWEST OF THE INITIAL GROUND IMPACT. THERE WAS A DEPRESSION IN THEFIELD EMANATING FROM A LARGER IMPACT HOLE ON A HEADING OF 217 DEGREES. THE AIRCRAFT WAS ON ITS NOSE AND BOTH WINGS. THE WINGS WERE CRUSHED AND THE COCKPIT WAS DESTROYED. ALL OCCUPANTS WERE FATALLY INJURED. THE PILOT WAS NOT INSTRUMENT RATED. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF PRE-IMPACT MALFUNCTIONS.

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

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

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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

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

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


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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