NTSB Identification: NYC82FA176
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 31, 1982 in WEST BRATTLEBOR, VT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/31/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 150L, registration: N17135
Injuries: 1 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 2036 THE PLT CONTACTED BRADLEY APPROACH CONTROL (A/C) ON FREQ 121.5 & STATED HE WAS LOST, AT AN ALTITUDE OF 4,000 FT & IN "ALMOST IFR WEATHER." SINCE THE ACFT WAS NOT TRANSPONDER EQUIPPED A/C HAD THE PLT USE VOR ORIENTATION PROCEDURES TO DETERMINE HIS POSITION. AT 2040 THE PLT STATED HE WAS SOLID IFR. THE PLT WAS GIVEN HEADINGS TO A VOR WHERE VFR CONDITIONS PREVAILED. AT 2059 THE PLT DECLINED AN A/C SUGGESTION TO CLIMB UP ON TOP OF THE OVERCAST. THE PLT'S BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS 54 MG%.

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:

CLEARANCE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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