NTSB Identification: CHI82FA181
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 22, 1982 in NORTHVILLE, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/22/1983
Aircraft: BEECH A23, registration: N1405L
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 1701 EDT ON 5/21/82, THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT CALLED A FLIGHT SERVICE STATION AND REQUESTED AN IFR WEATHER BRIEFING. THE BRIEFING WAS FOR A FLIGHT FROM LAPEER, MICHIGAN TO FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY. THE PLANE DEPARTED THE NEXT DAY AT ABOUT 1200 EDT WITH NO FLIGHT PLAN. THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK A TREETOP, HIT A POWERLINE AND IMPACTED A WOODED AREA NEAR NORTHVILLE, MI. SEVERAL WITNESSES HEARD AND/OR SAW THE PLANE AT LOW ALTITUDE BEFORE IT CRASHED.

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..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..WIRE,TRANSMISSION

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