NTSB Identification: FTW86FA035.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31984.
Accident occurred Friday, January 17, 1986 in VALLEY VIEW, TX
Aircraft: BEECH M-35, registration: N7BU
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 NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PVT PLT RECEIVED A WX BRIEFING THAT CALLED FOR MARGINAL VFR TO IFR CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT HIS ROUTE OF FLT. DESTINATION WX WAS BRIEFED AS 700' OVC, VIS 2 MILES IN HAZE AND FOG AND THE EN ROUTE WX WAS CONSIDERABLY WORSE. SEVERAL WITNESSES OBSERVED THE ACFT FLYING IN AND OUT OF THE FOG AND LOW CEILING. AT ONE POINT, THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED FLYING DOWN AN INTERSTATE HWY. THE ACFT IMPACTED THE GROUND IN A 42 DEG NOSE DOWN, 46 DEG RIGHT BANK ATTITUDE, AT HIGH SPEED. A WITNESS WHO OBSERVED THE IMPACT ESTIMATED THE WX AS 200' CEILING, 1/2 MILE VISIBILITY WITH FOG. A REVIEW OF THE PLTS LOGS REVEALED THAT HE HAD LOGGED 1 HOUR OF SIMULATED INSTRUMENT TIME SINCE HE BEGAN INSTRUCTION. INVESTIGATION REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF INFLIGHT FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION OF AIRFRAME, ENG OR ACFT SYSTEMS.

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:

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..INTENTIONAL..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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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