NTSB Identification: FTW94LA288.
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Accident occurred Sunday, May 31, 1992 in LAKE CITY, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/07/1995
Aircraft: BEECH 35-C33, registration: N2742T
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT LANDED AT FALCON, COLORADO, REFUELED, THEN TOOK OFF INTO WHAT ONE WITNESS SAID WAS MARGINAL WEATHER CONDITIONS. THREE DAYS LATER, THE AIRPLANE WAS REPORTED MISSING AND SEARCH EFFORTS WERE TO NO AVAIL. THE WRECKAGE WAS FOUND ALMOST 2-1/2 YEARS LATER. DAMAGE TO THE AIRCRAFT INDICATED THAT IT CRASHED WHILE TRAVELING AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED; EXCEPT FOR DEBRIS FOUND NEXT TO THE AIRCRAFT, THERE WERE NO GROUND SCARS OR EVIDENCE OF LATERAL MOVEMENT. SATELLITE PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ON THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT REVEALED CLOUD COVER AT BOTH DEPARTURE POINT AND ACCIDENT SITE. RADAR SUMMARY CHARTS SHOWED A BAND OF LEVEL 1, 3, AND 5 THUNDERSTORMS OVER MOST OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN COLORADO. CONVECTIVE SIGMETS WERE IN EFFECT, AND AN AIRMET WARNED OF INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS, MOUNTAIN OBSCURATION, AND ICING. THERE IS NO RECORD OF THE PILOT OBTAINING A WEATHER BRIEFING.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

FLIGHT BY THE PILOT INTO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS, AND HIS SUBSEQUENT LOSS OF AIRCRAFT CONTROL DUE TO SPATIAL DISORIENTATION. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: THE ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS, AND THE PILOT'S LACK OF INSTRUMENT EXPERIENCE.

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