NTSB Identification: DEN82FA062
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, February 22, 1982 in SELFRIDGE, ND
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/22/1983
Aircraft: BELLANCA 14-19-3A, registration: N8869R
Injuries: 2 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.

ON THE PREVIOUS DAY THE PLT RECEIVED A WX BRIEFING FOR THE FLT. HE WAS ADVISED THE WX WOULD BE MARGINAL VFR IN THE BISMARCK AREA IN THE MORNING DUE TO LOW CEILINGS & SNOW. THERE IS NO RECORD THAT THE PLT RECEIVED AN UPDATED WX BRIEFINGPRIOR TO DEPARTURE. THE PLT DEPARTED BISMARCK AT APPROXIMATELY 0902 WITH A SPECIAL VFR CLEARANCE. THE WRECKAGE WAS LOCATED 55 MI SSW OF BISMARCK. THE ABOVE WX WAS THE BISMARCK 0951 OBSERVATION. THE DESTINATION WX AT 1008 WAS THIN OBSCURATION, 200 FT BROKEN WITH VISIBILITY 1/4 MI IN FOG.

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..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:

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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