NTSB Identification: ATL82FA086
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, March 26, 1982 in MCHENRY, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/26/1983
Aircraft: MOONEY M20F, registration: N6896V
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.

AT 0635 THE PLT RECEIVED A WX BRIEFING WHICH INCLUDED FORECASTED ICING CONDITIONS ALONG HIS ROUTE OF FLT. AT 1215 RECEIVED AN UPDATED BRIEFING & WAS INFORMED THAT IMC EXISTED ALONG HIS ROUTE OF FLT & VFR FLT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED. AT 1536 HE CALLED & RECEIVED THE ST. LOUIS, MO HOURLY WX. AT 1648 HE FILED A VFR FLT PLAN & INDICATED HE DID NOT NEED A WX BRIEFING SINCE HE HAD MONITORED THE WX THROUGHOUT THE DAY. HE WAS HOWEVER PROVIDED SIGMENT ECHO 3. THE PLT DEPARTED WILMINGTON AT APPROXIMATELY 1805. AT APPROXIMATELY 1945 THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED FLYING AT A LOW ALTITUDE IN A WESTERLY DIRECTION. THE WITNESS STATED THERE WAS A HEAVY SNOWFALL.

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

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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