NTSB Identification: DEN90LA037.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39608.
Accident occurred Friday, December 29, 1989 in TULAROSA, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/02/1992
Aircraft: BEECH 35, registration: N9K
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

BEFORE TAKEOFF, THE PLT RCVD A WX BRIEFING & WAS WARNED OF MARGINAL WX CONDS ALONG THE ROUTE. WHILE IN FLT, HE INADVERTENTLY FLEW INTO IMC & ELECTED TO LAND ON A PAVED ROAD. HE RPRTD THAT DURING THE LANDING, HE 'FAILED TO SEE A HIGHWAY MARKER AT THE EDGE OF THE PAVEMENT' & THE ACFT'S LEFT WING TIP HIT THE MARKER & WAS DAMAGED. ACCORDING TO THE PLT, THE WX IN THE PRECAUTIONARY LANDING AREA WAS: 500 TO 1000 FT OVC, VIS 4 MI WITH LIGHT RAIN.

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

THE PILOT'S VFR FLIGHT INTO INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS (IMC), AND HIS FAILURE TO SEE AND AVOID THE ROAD SIGN DURING THE PRECAUTIONARY LANDING. THE ADVERSE WEATHER WAS A REALTED FACTOR.

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