NTSB Identification: ANC82FA037
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 16, 1982 in HOMER, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/16/1983
Aircraft: MAULE M-4-220C, registration: N40343
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 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.

THE PILOT DEPARTED HOMER AIRPORT ON A SPECIAL VFR CLEARANCE AFTER BEING ADVISED NUMEROUS TIMES THAT VFR FLIGHT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED. SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF (8 MINUTES) THE AIRCRAFT DOVE OUT OF THE CLOUDS AND CRASHED NEAR THE AIRPORT. THE PILOT WAS NOT INSTRUMENT RATED. PRIOR TO TAKING OFF, THE PILOT HAD INDICATED THAT HE WAS IN A HURRY TO GET TO ANCHORAGE TO PARTICIPATE IN A GUN SHOW.

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:

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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