Accident Board Findings

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) did not issue formal findings. However, the accident report itself contains a number of findings that are included in the main body of the report text. The entire accident report (nine pages) can be viewed at the following link: (CAB Accident Report)

The CAB determined the probable cause to be:

"The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the pilot's unwise decision to embark on a flight which would necessitate flying solely by instruments when he was not properly certificated or qualified to do so. Contributing factors were serious deficiencies in the weather briefing, and the pilot's unfamiliarity with the instrument which determines the attitude of the aircraft."

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