NTSB Identification: CHI83FA050
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 01, 1982 in MEDINA, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/01/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 177, registration: N29528
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 ABOUT 1430 EST, THE PILOT TOOK OFF FROM FREEDOM FIELD, MEDINA, OH IN VFR CONDITIONS. WHEN HE RETURNED ABOUT 3 HRS LATER AT DUSK, THE WEATHER WAS ESTIMATED TO BE: 400 FT OVERCAST, 3/4 MI VISIBILITY WITH FOG. A FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR HEARD THE PLANE FLY OVER THE AIRPORT JUST PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. HE HEARD A CONTINUOUS SOUND FROM THE ENGINE UNTIL THE PLANE CRASHED ABOUT 3/4 MI EAST OF THE AIRPORT IN A WOODED AREA. INITIAL IMPACT OCCURRED WITH TREES AT ABOUT 60 FT AGL WHILE ON A HEADING OF APRX 220 DEG. THE AIRCRAFT REMAINED AIRBORNE FOR ABOUT ANOTHER 100 FT WHERE IT STRUCK ANOTHER TREE AND THE RIGHT WING SEPARATED. THE MAIN WRECKAGE CAME TO REST 458 FT FROM THE INITIAL IMPACT POINT. NO EVIDENCE WAS FOUND OF A WEATHER BRIEFING PRIOR TO THE FLIGHT.

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..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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