Reportedly the pilot had been warned about the fog, but he was determined to make it home to see his family. According to press reports, his wife had been tracking the flight on FlightAware, and heard the emergency calls on a local scanner.
Similar to the CJ crash last year (FlightAware thread N102PT) where your flight training tells you under no circumstances should you go, yet you allow other interests ie: family, business, to supersede common sense, and learned piloting skills.
Tragic accident. Given the weather described as “heavy fog” it sounds to be below minimums for a CATI ILS so he probably shouldn’t have been making the flight anyway, but it doesn’t sound like he ever attempted a miss approach. Even if it’s below minimums it’s safe to try, ASSUMING the pilot abides to the published minimums and doesn’t get impatient and try a “sneak and peek.”
I would’ve expected an accident like this one to occur after the pilot shot the approach a time or two, where patience is woren down and you get ballsy. I’m kinda surprised he busted minimums the first time around…