NTSB Identification: MKC83LA031
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, December 04, 1982 in NEAR VICHY, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/04/1983
Aircraft: BEECH C23, registration: N60171
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHILE ENROUTE FROM CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO TO ROLLA, MO, THE PILOT ENCOUNTERED AN AREA OF LOW CEILINGS AND FOG. WHILE HE WAS TRYING TO REMAIN VFR AT LOW ALTITUDE, THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK TREES ON TOP OF A HILL. THE PILOT CLIMBED ABRUPTLY, BUT THE PLANE STALLED, ENTERED A SPIN, THEN CRASHED. NINE MILES AWAY, THE 1256 CST WEATHER AT VICHY, MO WAS: INDEFINITE CEILING, 200 FT OBSCURED, 1/4 MILE VISIBILITY WITH LIGHT DRIZZLE AND FOG, TEMPERATURE AND DEW POINT 56 DEGREES, WIND FROM 110 DEGREES AT 8 KTS, ALTIMETER 29.82. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE HAD NOT REQUESTED A WEATHER BRIEFING BEFORE TAKEOFF, BUT HAD RELIED ON INFORMATION FROM AN UNOFFICIAL SOURCE.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/SPIN..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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