NTSB Identification: MKC82FA057
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, April 19, 1982 in STE. GENEVIEVE, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/19/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 177RG, registration: N1929Q
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.

DURING THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT, THE PILOT RECEIVED 7 WEATHER BRIEFINGS WHICH DESCRIBED MARGINAL VFR CONDITIONS FOR HIS ROUTE OF FLIGHT. AT ABOUT 1730 CST, HE DEPARTED KANSAS CITY ON A VFR FLIGHT PLAN TO FARMINGTON, MO. DURING THE FLIGHT, HE ENCOUNTERED ADVERSE WEATHER. AT 1911 CST, THE PILOT TRANSMITTED THAT HE WAS OVER THE FARMINGTON REGIONAL AIRPORT AT 2800 FT IN CLOUDS. TWO MINUTES LATER, HE SAID HE REGAINED CONTACT WITH THE GROUND AND REQUESTED CONDITIONS AT FARMINGTON. FARMINGTON DID NOT REPORT THE WEATHER, BUT HE WAS PROVIDED WEATHER INFORMATION AT OTHER LOCATIONS. THE PILOT ELECTED TO PROCEED TO ST LOUIS, MO. RADIO CONTACT WAS LOST WHILE ATTEMPTS WERE MADE TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE. A WITNESS HEARD THE PLANE CIRCLING HIS HOUSE. HE WENT OUTSIDE AND SAW THE PLANE BEFORE IT DISAPPEARED MOMENTARILY AND THEN COME OUT OF THE CLOUDS IN A DESCENT. THE PLANE CRASHED ON DOWNWARD SLOPING, WOODED TERRAIN. A WITNESS SAID THE VISIBILITY WAS POOR AND IT WAS MISTING.

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DELAYED..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..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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