Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Goble, Ore. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: A CFI and pilot receiving instruction were on a flight in an area of light rain, fog, and overcast ceilings. The airplane entered a hilly area during a steady rain.
There were low ceilings and dense ground fog that extended to above tree height. The airplane crashed into trees.
Investigators determined that it was likely hard to see the trees because of the reduced visibility.
Probable cause: The CFI’s decision to continue flight into an area of reduced visibility and the pilots’ subsequent failure to maintain clearance from the hilly terrain while operating in an area of low ceilings, rain, and fog.
NTSB Identification: WPR12FA136
This March 2012 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.