NTSB Identification: NYC82FA155
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 14, 1982 in CROSS FORK, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/14/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 177RG, registration: N7584V
Injuries: 4 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 2132 THE PLT CONTACTED FSS REPORTING HIS POSITION, LIGHTNING TO HIS EAST & REQUESTED WX AROUND HIS POSITION. HE WAS ADVISED OF THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY, DETERIORATING CONDITIONS & THAT VFR FLT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED. HE WAS ALSO ADVISED TO REVERSE COURSE. AT 2145 THE ACFT IMPACTED A MOUNTAIN. RADAR SUMMARIES FOR 2135 SHOWED THUNDERSTORM RAINSHOWER ACTIVITY PRESENT OVER NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA. A CELL WITH A 1-4 LEVEL INTENSITY WAS PRESENT OVER THE ROUTE BETWEEN DEPARTURE POINT & CROSS FORK, PA. THE INCREASING LEVEL INTENSITY OF THE CELL OCCURRED OVER THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE ROUTE. MAXIMUM TOPS RECORDED WAS 37,000 FT.

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

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

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..DOWNDRAFT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE(THUNDERSTORMS)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM

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