NTSB Identification: ATL86FA063.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30561.
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 22, 1986 in ANNISTON, AL
Aircraft: BEECH 95-B55, registration: N7948K
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 WAS OBSERVED FLYING THROUGH THE BASE OF THE LOW LEVEL CLOUD LAYER PRIOR TO ITS IMPACT ON THE SIDE OF A MOUNTAIN. THE PLT WAS NOT INSTRUMENT RATED, HAD NOT FILED A FLT PLAN NOR OBTAINED A WX BRIEFING. THE IMPACT POINT WAS SEVERAL HUNDRED FT BELOW THE MAX ELEVATION FIGURE SHOWN ON THE AERONAUTICAL CHART FOR THE SECTION IN WHICH HE WAS FLYING.

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:

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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