NTSB Identification: DEN88FA098.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36030.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 16, 1988 in PINTURA, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-200, registration: N2738R
Injuries: 3 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.

THE PLT AND TWO PAX DEPARTED OVERTON, NV DESTINED FOR SUNDANCE, WY. WITNESSES STATED THAT THE ACFT TOOK OFF UNDER AN OVERCAST AND FOLLOWED INTERSTATE 15 NORTHBOUND. A WITNESS DRIVING ON THE INTERSTATE SAID THAT HE SAW N2738R AT APRX 600 FT AGL OVER THE INTERSTATE. HE SAW THE ACFT FLY INTO 'A HEAVY CLOUD BANK.' THE MOUNTAINS WERE REPORTEDLY OBSCURED BY LOW CLOUDS AND RAIN SHOWERS. THE MOUNTAIN PEAK ELEVATION WAS 8700 FT. N2738R CRASHED AT THE 5700 FT LEVEL.

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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