The pilot was returning to his home base under night, marginal, visual flight rules conditions.
While en route, he inadvertently entered instrument conditions and a sudden “snow squall.”
He was blinded by the snow and tried to maintain wings level.
The Cessna 150 gradually descended and hit trees and terrain near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, which resulted in substantial damage.
The pilot, who had received some instrument training but was not instrument rated, was seriously injured in the crash.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s decision to commence the flight in marginal visual flight rules conditions at night, and his failure to maintain a safe altitude once instrument conditions were encountered.
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This November 2021 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.