NTSB Identification: DEN88FA141.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37087.
Accident occurred Monday, June 27, 1988 in CAPITAN, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/19/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28RT-201T, registration: N29318
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.

AT 0559 MDT, THE PLT WAS ADVISED OF A FORECAST FOR OCNL CEILINGS BELOW 1000 FT, VISIBILITIES AT OR LESS THAN 3 MI, RAIN SHOWERS, FOG & POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY ALONG THE PROPOSED ROUTE. HE DID NOT FILE A FLT PLAN, BUT TOOK OFF AT 0844 WITHOUT OBTAINING AN UPDATED WX BRIEFING. A LINEMAN RPRTD THE ACFT WAS JUMP-STARTED DUE TO A 'DEAD' BATTERY. THE LINEMAN ALSO SAID THE PLT MENTIONED SOMETHING ABOUT A BAD ALTERNATOR & THAT HE SEEMED DETERMINED TO GO ON THE FLT. WHEN THE ACFT DID NOT ARRIVE AT THE DESTN, A SEARCH WAS INITIATED. THE ACFT WAS FND WHERE IT HAD CRASHED ON RISING TERRAIN AT THE 9500 FT LEVEL OF CAPITAN MTN, WHICH PEAKED AT AN ELEV OF 10,230 FT. THERE WAS EVIDENCE THE ACFT WAS IN CRUISE FLT WHEN THE ACDNT OCCURRED. AUTHORITIES RPRTD THAT ON THE MORNING OF THE ACDNT, THERE WERE SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AREA & THAT THE MTN TOPS WERE OBSCURED BY CLOUDS & FOG. AN EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE DISCLOSEDNO EVIDENCE OF A PREIMPACT FAILURE/MALFUNCTION OF THE AIRFRAME, ENG OR FLT CONTROLS.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY



Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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