NTSB Identification: CHI80FA065
14 CFR Part 91 General Aviation
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23, registration: N44EM

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 FILE    DATE          LOCATION          AIRCRAFT DATA       INJURIES       FLIGHT                        PILOT DATA
                                                               F  S M/N     PURPOSE
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3-2676  80/8/27    EAST TAWAS,MI       PIPER PA-23         CR-  1  0  0  NONCOMMERCIAL             COMMERCIAL, AGE 22, 1324
        TIME - 0437                    N44EM               PX-  3  1  0  PLEASURE/PERSONAL TRANSP  TOTAL HOURS, 175 IN TYPE,
                                       DAMAGE-DESTROYED    OT-  0  0  0                            INSTRUMENT RATED.
        NAME OF AIRPORT - IOSCO COUNTY
        DEPARTURE POINT             INTENDED DESTINATION
          UTICA,MI                    EAST TAWAS,MI
        TYPE OF ACCIDENT                                         PHASE OF OPERATION
           COLLIDED WITH: TREES                                     LANDING: FINAL APPROACH
        PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
           PILOT IN COMMAND - IMPROPER IFR OPERATION
        FACTOR(S)
           WEATHER - FOG
        WEATHER BRIEFING - BRIEFED BY FLIGHT SERVICE PERSONNEL, BY RADIO
        WEATHER FORECAST - FORECAST SUBSTANTIALLY CORRECT
        SKY CONDITION                                            CEILING AT ACCIDENT SITE
          BROKEN                                                    4000
        VISIBILITY AT ACCIDENT SITE                              PRECIPITATION AT ACCIDENT SITE
          1/2 MILE OR LESS                                         NONE
        OBSTRUCTIONS TO VISION AT ACCIDENT SITE                  TEMPERATURE-F
          FOG                                                       68
        WIND VELOCITY-KNOTS                                      TYPE OF WEATHER CONDITIONS
          CALM                                                     BELOW MINIMUMS
        TYPE OF FLIGHT PLAN
          IFR
        REMARKS- DESCENDED BELOW MDA,STRUCK TREE 56FT AGL.

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