NTSB Identification: LAX86FA099.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33217.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 26, 1986 in STRATHMORE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 172A, registration: N7672T
Injuries: 1 Fatal,2 Serious.

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.

UPON RETURNING TO HIS HOME AIRPORT, THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT WAS UNABLE TO SEE THE RUNWAY DUE TO HEAVY FOG COVERING THE AREA. HE ENTERED A RIGHT DESCENDING TURN IN AN ATTEMPT TO DESCEND UNDER THE FOG. THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH ORANGE TREES APPROXIMATELY ONE MILE FROM THE AIRPORT.

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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