NTSB Identification: LAX90LA059.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 40949.
Accident occurred Friday, December 29, 1989 in SANTA BARBARA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/22/1992
Aircraft: PIPER PA28-181, registration: N8138E
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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

THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH A HILL DURING A NIGHT VISUAL APPROACH. THE PILOT STATED THAT THERE WAS SOME TURBULENCE ON THE APPROACH, AND THAT THE APPROACH LOOKED LIKE A 'BLACK HOLE'. HE ALSO STATED THAT HE WAS TOO LOW.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE TERRAIN CLEARANCE DURING A NIGHT VISUAL APPROACH.

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