NTSB Identification: ANC88FA059.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36014.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 18, 1988 in SKWENTNA, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-260, registration: N897P
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 ON-DEMAND AIR TAXI FLIGHT WITH THE PILOT AND TWO PASSENGERS STRUCK THE ROCK FACE OF A MOUNTAIN AT THE 8600 FOOT LEVEL. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT THE WEATHER CONDITIONS WERE POOR AND VISIBILITY WAS LESS THAN ONE-HALF MILE. THE AIRCRAFT WAS ON A COMPANY VFR FLIGHT PLAN AND NO WEATHER BRIEFING WAS OBTAINED EITHER BY TELEPHONE OR RADIO IN FLIGHT. THE OPERATOR DID NOT FILE AN ACC REPORT.

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

ALTITUDE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT WEATHER ADVISORIES..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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