NTSB Identification: ANC88LA027.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35132.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Saturday, January 30, 1988 in COLD BAY, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-300, registration: N123TA
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 ATP CERTIFICATED PILOT IN COMMAND DEPARTED ON A SOLO, CARGO-ONLY AIR-TAXI FLIGHT AT 1104 A.K.S.T. FOR A DESTINATION 83SM TO THE N.E. THE PILOT WAS NORMALLY ASSIGNED TO COPILOT DUTIES ON A MULTI-ENGINED AIRPLANE, AND WAS NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE TERRAIN HE WAS FLYING OVER ON THIS FLIGHT. THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK RISING TERRAIN APPROXIMATELY 40SM N.E. OF THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT AND WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED. THE PILOT SAYS HE DOES NOT RECALL THE FLIGHT PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT; HE SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES AND WAS KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS DURING IMPACT. WEATHER CONDITIONS AT THE CRASH SITE ARE UNKNOWN, BUT A PILOT FLYING IN THE SAME GENERAL AREA SHORTLY AFTER THE ACCIDENT REPORTED LOCALIZED AREAS OF FOG AND SNOW THAT REDUCED VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN ONE-HALF MILE. THE PILOT WAS RECOVERED BY COAST GUARD SEARCH AND RESCUE PERSONNEL APPROXIMATELY 24 HOURS AFTER THE ACCIDENT.

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

ALTITUDE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..WHITEOUT

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