The NTSB released its preliminary report on the Pine Mountain Lake crash. As usual, the preliminary report contains no conclusions concerning the cause of the crash. For that, we’ll have to wait up to 4 years. The preliminary report does, however, hint that the NTSB’s investigation will focus on whether the pilot pressed on into weather beyond what the regulations allowed.
The full text of the report is here. Some excerpts:
Instrument night meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site, and no flight plan had been filed.
Instrument weather conditions are those that require a pilot to fly by reference to his instruments rather than by looking out the window. To fly in instrument conditions, a pilot must be instrument-rated, his plane must be properly equipped, and he must have a clearance from air traffic control. He is not necessarily required to file a flight plan. For example, instead of filing a flight plan, the