NTSB Identification: LAX87FA101.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37195.
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 27, 1987 in DUNSMUIR, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/26/1989
Aircraft: MOONEY M20E, registration: N79366
Injuries: 2 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 A PLEASURE FLIGHT, THE AIRPLANE WAS SEEN FLYING LOW AND DISAPPEARED INTO INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS, CONSISTING OF LOW CLOUDS, GUSTY WINDS AND SNOW WHICH LASTED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. THE AIRPLANE WAS FOUND ON THE SIDE OF A HILL IN A DESCENDING ATTITUDE WINGS LEVEL. THERE WERE NO REPORTED MECHANICAL FAILURES OR MALFUNCTIONS WITH THE AIRPLANE. ONE WITNESS REPORTED THAT IT HAD HAILED EARLIER IN THE DAY.

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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