I was at school today and we were covering flying en-route to an uncontrolled field with an IMC layer between the MEA and field. When I started pushing the issue of "testing" the layer, "poking in to see if one is able to test it, etc, my instructor started getting irked. Tonight, I got a text from him asking me to look into an incident that occurred in 2009 in Telluride with a Lear 45. He asked what my thoughts were about the incident after reading the report.http://dms.ntsb.gov/aviation/AccidentReports/l303h322pabmva551c3nvu551/K01242012120000.pdf I wrote him back and told him that I thought they were retards for attempting such buffoonery, the NF PIC for pushing an SIC beyond what was reasonable, and the SIC for not sacking up, going missed, and making the PIC assume full control, and responsibility for the decision. The follow up text was that the PIC was his Commercial/CFI student, but more importantly he told me that is what happens when one "Pokes and Hopes". I very clearly understand the consequences of nosing into IMC without radar coverage, or an instrument approach. What I don't understand is how 1. someone like this is still flying airplanes, and 2. doesn't an incident like this affect one's ability to "climb the aviation ladder"?