NTSB Identification: FTW84LA091.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23439.
Accident occurred Saturday, December 10, 1983 in WINSLOW, AR
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N67863
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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

DURING A WX BRIEFING BEFORE TAKEOFF, THE PLT WAS ADVISED THAT VFR FLT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED. ABOUT 12 TO 15 MIN AFTER TAKEOFF, HE WAS FORCED TO DESCEND TO MAINTAIN VISUAL CONTACT. HE DEVIATED SOUTH TO AVOID A RAIN SHOWER. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE PLT REALIZED HE HAD FLOWN INTO A BOXED CANYON WITHOUT ENOUGH CLEARANCE TO REVERSE COURSE. HE THEREFORE ELECTED TO CLIMB IN INSTRUMENT CONDITIONS TO CLEAR THE HILLS. WHILE CLIMBING, THE ACFT STRUCK THE TOPS OF TREES, THEN CRASHED.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..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

LIGHT CONDITION..DAWN


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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