Yeah, I agree with you guys. I heard that he had 90 hours total time. That really isn't enough.
Since it was @ night, can the haze still be blinding??? Use "hazecutters," I do, and I'll never part with mine.
Also, if he didn't have an Instrument Rating and he couldn't see the horizon, why didn't he use his artificial horizon. I'm not rated for instrument flying, but I learned to trust my instruments?