NTSB Identification: CEN13FA082
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, December 01, 2012 in Correctionville, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/19/2013
Aircraft: BEECH P35, registration: N1566Z
Injuries: 2 Fatal,1 Serious.

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 commercial pilot was receiving flight-following services. He advised an air traffic controller that he had the airport in sight, and the controller acknowledged and told the pilot that radar services were terminated. The airport had an unimproved grass strip and runway lights. Two witnesses who lived next to the airport said thick fog quickly enveloped the area shortly before the accident. Another witness said that visibility had dropped to less than 1/4 mile and that he heard the airplane fly low over his house but could not see it. On the approach to land, the airplane struck trees and terrain about 1/4 mile northeast of the airport. A postimpact fire ensued. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. The airplane was instrument equipped and the commercial pilot held an instrument rating.

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

The pilot’s failure to perform a go-around after encountering thick fog at night.

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