NTSB Identification: ANC88FA083.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37672.
Accident occurred Monday, July 04, 1988 in WHITTIER, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 185, registration: N185BT
Injuries: 4 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 FLIGHT DEPARTED SIX MILE LAKE ON ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE AND WAS DESTINED FOR COGHILL LAKE. THE AIRPLANE WAS FOUND AT THE 2500 FOOT LEVEL OF A MOUNTAIN ON THE NORTH SIDE OF BURNS GLACIER. THE AIRPLANE HEADING WAS 324 DEGREES. THE HEADING TO GO THROUGH THE PASS OVER BURNS GLACIER IS NORMALLY 104 DEGREES. A VIDEO TAPE FOUND ON BOARD SHOWED THAT THE CLOUDS IN THE VICINITY OF THE GLACIER OBSCURED THE MOUNTAIN TOPS. WEATHER FORECASTS PLACED THE CEILINGS AT 2500 FEET MSL BROKEN TO OVERCAST.

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

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

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED

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