NTSB Identification: ATL89FA047.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37796.
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 30, 1988 in BAKERSVILLE, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/1989
Aircraft: BEECH P35, registration: N9584Y
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.

DURING THE VFR BUSINESS FLIGHT RADAR DATA INDICATED THE ACFT DESCENDED FROM 9,500 TO APPROX. 5,500' MSL WHERE IT COLLIDED WITH A MOUNTAIN. CLOUDS WERE PRESENT IN THE AREA. THERE WERE NO WITNESSES TO THE ACCIDENT. THE WRECKAGE WAS LOCATED BY ELT SIGNAL. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON A DIRECT LINE FROM THE ORIGINATING AIRPORT TO THE DESTINATION AIRPORT. THE AIRPLANE WAS EQUIPPED WITH LORAN. THE FAA REPORTED THAT THERE WERE NO TWO-WAY COMMUNICATIONS ESTABLISHED WITH THE AIRCRAFT PRIOR TO THE DESCENT AND COLLISION. THERE WERE NO INDICATIONS OF PRE-IMPACT MECHANICAL OR STRUCTURAL FAILURE. LOCAL RESIDENTS REPORTED THAT THE MOUNTAINS WERE OBSCURED BY CLOUDS AND RAIN.

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

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

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS

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