NTSB Identification: CHI82DA275
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 26, 1982 in PORT SHELDON TW, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/26/1983
Aircraft: ERCOUPE 415C, registration: N3247H
Injuries: 2 Minor.

DURING A VFR FLIGHT ALONG LAKE MICHIGAN SHORELINE THE PILOT ENCOUNTERED A DECREASE IN CEILING HEIGHT. THE PILOT CHOSE TO MAKE A 180 DEGREES MANEUVER AND RETURN TO THE AIRPORT BUT DURING THE TURN ENCOUNTERED A FOG BANK. THE PILOT DECENDED TO AVOID THE FOG BANK AND INADVERTENTLY CRASHED INTO THE LAKE.

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..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE

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