NTSB Identification: IAD79FIA07
14 CFR Part 91 General Aviation
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N5639T

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 FILE    DATE          LOCATION          AIRCRAFT DATA       INJURIES       FLIGHT                        PILOT DATA
                                                               F  S M/N     PURPOSE
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3-2116   79/3/3    FRONT ROYAL,VA      CESSNA 172          CR-  0  0  1  NONCOMMERCIAL             PRIVATE, AGE 24, 240
        TIME - 1730                    N5639T              PX-  0  0  1  PLEASURE/PERSONAL TRANSP  TOTAL HOURS, 101 IN TYPE,
                                       DAMAGE-DESTROYED    OT-  0  0  0                            NOT INSTRUMENT RATED.
        DEPARTURE POINT             INTENDED DESTINATION         LAST ENROUTE STOP
          DAYTONA BEACH,FL            BUFFALO,NY                   MARTINSBURG,WV
        TYPE OF ACCIDENT                                         PHASE OF OPERATION
           COLLIDED WITH: TREES                                     IN FLIGHT: DESCENDING
        PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
           PILOT IN COMMAND - ATTEMPTED OPERATION W/KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT
           PILOT IN COMMAND - CONTINUED VFR FLIGHT INTO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS
        FACTOR(S)
           SYSTEMS - ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: GENERATORS/ALTERNATORS
           MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - ELECTRICAL FAILURE
           TERRAIN - HIGH OBSTRUCTIONS
           WEATHER - LOW CEILING
        WEATHER BRIEFING - PARTIAL BRIEFING BY WEATHER BUREAU PERSONNEL, BY PHONE,LIMITED BY PILOT ACTION
        WEATHER FORECAST - FORECAST SUBSTANTIALLY CORRECT
        SKY CONDITION                                            CEILING AT ACCIDENT SITE
          OVERCAST                                                  50
        VISIBILITY AT ACCIDENT SITE                              PRECIPITATION AT ACCIDENT SITE
          3 MILES OR LESS                                          NONE
        OBSTRUCTIONS TO VISION AT ACCIDENT SITE                  TYPE OF WEATHER CONDITIONS
          FOG                                                      IFR
        TYPE OF FLIGHT PLAN
          NONE
        REMARKS- PILOT WAS ATTEMPTING TO FLY VISUALLY TO MRB.A/C GENERATOR  HAD FAILED ON PREVIOUS LEG.

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