NTSB Identification: SEA93FA046.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 52860.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Friday, December 25, 1992 in LESTER, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/16/1993
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER 680FL, registration: N111MN
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
AFTER DEPARTURE, THE AIRPLANE INTERCEPTED AIRWAY V-2, AND APPEARED TO CLIMB NORMALLY UNTIL REACHING 8300 FT (9000 ASSIGNED) WHILE TRACKING APRX 110 DEG MAG. RADAR ANALYSIS SHOWED THE AIRPLANE AT 128 KIAS WHEN IT ABRUPTLY TURNED LEFT 30 DEG AND THEN APPEARED TO RECOVER. VOICE COMMUNICATION DURING THIS EVENT WAS NORMAL WITH NO CHANGE IN THE PILOT'S LEVEL OF ANXIETY. IMMEDIATELY THEREAFTER, THE HEADING CHANGED OVER 90 DEG TO THE LEFT (NORTHBOUND), AND A MAXIMUM 6750 FPM RATE OF DESCENT DEVELOPED BEFORE THE HEADING STABILIZED AND THE DESCENT SLOWED. THE AIRPLANE'S GROUND IMPACT SITE WAS APRX 1 NM SW OF THE LAST RADAR TARGET. WRECKAGE DISTRIBUTION WAS ROUGHLY PARALLEL TO V-2. THE AIRPLANE IMPACTED THE MOUNTAINSIDE IN A STEEP NOSE LOW, LEFT WING DOWN ATTITUDE. THE ENGINES, PROPELLERS/GOVERNORS WERE DISASSEMBLED AND INSPECTED WITH NO EVIDENCE OF MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION. EXAM OF THE LEFT PROPELLER INDICATED LOW POWER ON IMPACT. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF SIGNIFICANT ICING/TURBULENCE.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: UNDETERMINED.
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