NTSB Identification: LAX87FA102.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35007.
Accident occurred Friday, January 30, 1987 in CUYAMA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N62127
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.

THE PLT RCVD A PREFLT BRIEFING BEFORE A MORNING DEP FM MONTEREY. AT THAT TIME, THE FORECAST WAS FOR 3000' TO 5000' BROKEN CLOUDS WITH WIDELY SCATTERED RAIN SHOWERS BY 1600 & WITH A GEN OUTLOOK OF VFR. THE PLT FLEW TO SANTA BARBARA TO ATTEND A MEETING & DEPD SANTA BARBARA AT 1709 FOR THE RTRN TRIP W/O OBTAINING A PREFLT WX BRIEFING. WHEN THE ACFT DEPD ON THE NGT X-COUNTRY FLT, WX CONDS EN ROUTE WERE 2500' TO 5000' BROKEN TO OVERCAST WITH TOPS RPRTD TO 8500' & FLT PRE- CAUTIONS FOR MTN OBSCUREMENT. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT IMPACTED RISING TERRAIN NEAR THE TOP OF A HILL AT AN ELEV OF APRX 2700' MSL. THERE WAS EVIDENCE THE ACFT WAS IN LVL FLT WHEN THE ACDNT OCCURRED. IMPACT WAS APRX 200 YDS FROM A 2-LANE HIWAY. PERSONS IN THE AREA RPRTD THE WX CONDS CONSISTED OF A LOW OVERCAST, VIS APRX 1/2 MI WITH FOG & LGT RAIN. NO PREIMPACT MECHANICAL PROBLEMS WERE EVIDENT.

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

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


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


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TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


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WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


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WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


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WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


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WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


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TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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