NTSB Identification: DEN83FA070.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20416.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 06, 1983 in LIMON, CO
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N84822
Injuries: 1 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 ACFT CRASHED IN A SNOW COVERED FIELD DURING IMC WEATHER. WITNESSES HEARD AND SAW AN ACFT FLYING LOW IN THE AREA OF THE ACCIDENT JUST BEFORE THE CRASH. THERE ARE NO KNOWN WITNESSES TO THE ACTUAL CRASH. THE ACFT WAS DISCOVERED SEVERAL HOURS LATER BY A SNOW PLOW OPERATOR PASSING ON A NEARBY ROAD. THE ACFT CRASHED IN A FLAT OPEN FIELD IN WINGS LEVEL, NOSE LOW, DESCENDING ATTITUDE ON A HEADING OF 135 DEGREES. THE WEATHER WAS INDEFINITE CEILINGS, 200 FEET, SKY OBSCURED, VISIBILITY LESS THATN ONE MILE WITH SNOW, WIND 360 DEGREES AT 17 KTS. THE PILOT WAS NOT INSTRUMENT RATED.

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

DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..WHITEOUT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND

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