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In Memory of
Joe Bates
August 2, 1928 - December 10, 1986

Joe Bates
Huntington, WV
Ceredo Kenova, West Virginia
Owner of Air West Virginia Father of Debbie Bates
Died December 10, 1986 in plane crash at Ivel,
Kentucky. Beechcraft Baron N7975M

Born 2 Aug 1928
DIED: Dec 10, 1986


NTSB Identification: MIA87FA047 The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32435. Accident occurred Wednesday, December 10, 1986 in IVEL, KY

Aircraft: BEECH C-55, registration: N7975M
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
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 PLT WHO WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO MAKE THE CHARTER FLT TO PICK UP THE PAX WAS RELUCTANT TO DO SO DUE TO LOW CEILINGS IN THE MOUNTAINOUS AREA AT THE DESTINATION. THE OWNER OF THE COMPANY TOOK THE FLT & THE FLT WAS OBSERVED BY WITNESSES NEAR THE DESTINATION TO BE FLYING IN & OUT OF THE CLOUDS BETWEEN & BELOW THE MOUNTAIN TOPS. WITNESSES ESTIMATED THE ALT TO BE BETWEEN 150 & 300 FT AGL. THE DESTINATION ARPT 3 MI FROM THE CRASH SITE WAS COMPLETELY FOGGED IN WITH VISIBILITY UNDER 100 YDS. THE ACFT STRUCK THE TOP OF A CLOUD COVERED MOUNTAIN. THE PLT HAD BEEN PREVIOUSLY CITED BY FAA FOR VIOLATIONS OF FAR INCLUDING CARELESS & RECKLESS OPERATION OF ACFT.

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

OBJECT..TREE(S)
VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND
FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

Contributing Factors:
WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS
PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND
OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND INSUFFICIENT
STANDARDS/REQUIREMENTS,AIRCRAFT..COMPANY/OPERATOR MGMT
WEATHER CONDITION..FOG
IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND
SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND




































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