Mishap for the usual reasons: VFR flight in IMC and fuel exhaustion

A pilot friend of mine shared this story with me. His ex-wife started taking flying lessons about the time his divorce started and she got her license shortly before the divorce was final, later that same year.

Yesterday afternoon, she narrowly escaped injury in the aircraft she was piloting when she was forced to make an emergency landing in southwestern Connecticut because of bad weather.

Thank God their kids were with him that weekend.

The NTSB issued a preliminary report, citing pilot error: She was flying a single engine aircraft in IFR (instrument flight rating) conditions while only having obtained a VFR (visual flight rating) rating.

The absence of a post-crash fire was likely due to insufficient fuel on board.

No one on the ground was injured.

The photograph below was taken at the scene and shows the extent of damage to her aircraft.

She was very lucky.

Here is a link to a photograph of the mishap aircraft.

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