NTSB Identification: CEN10FA320
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 13, 2010 in Lidderdale, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/06/2011
Aircraft: BEECH A36, registration: N6036U
Injuries: 2 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.

The pilot contacted flight service stations on three occasions prior to the accident flight and obtained weather briefings for the visual flight rules (VFR) flight. During each of the weather briefings, the pilot was informed that VFR flight was not recommended due to instrument meteorological conditions that existed along the proposed route. Despite this information, the pilot departed for the flight. The airplane subsequently impacted a farm field about 62 nautical miles from the departure airport, about 1-1/2 hours after the pilot obtained the last weather briefing. Weather conditions recorded at an airport 4 nautical miles from the accident site included an overcast ceiling at 1,100 feet above ground level. The pilot did not have an instrument rating associated with his pilot certificate. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed no preimpact anomalies with respect to the airframe, engine or airplane systems. The dimensions of the debris field, about 1,000 feet in length, and the T-shaped ground scar at the initial impact point, was indicative of the airplane impacting the ground in a wings level attitude at a high rate of speed, which was consistent with an attempted recovery from a dive.

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

The pilot's decision to initiate the flight in marginal weather conditions and his loss of aircraft control.

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