This March 2010 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.
Aircraft: Evektor Sportstar Plus. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Marysville, Ohio. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The Sport Pilot, who had logged 186 hours, departed on a cross-country flight. There was no record of him obtaining a weather briefing prior to takeoff and no flight plan was filed. Instrument meteorological conditions existed along the route of flight. Recorded radar data showed that as the airplane approached the area of IMC, it changed heading and altitude and tracked southward, which was then followed by a descending turn with increasing airspeed. The airplane crashed in a field in a nose-down attitude.