NTSB Identification: LAX87FA116.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37337.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 11, 1987 in MONROVIA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/03/1989
Aircraft: BEECH 35, registration: CFHRR
Injuries: 1 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.

AFTER RECEIVING HIS PREFLIGHT WX BRIEFING AT 0715 HRS, THE PLT TOOKOFF AT 1436 HRS ON A X-COUNTRY FLIGHT. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT THE PILOT REQUESTED OR RECEIVED A CURRENT WX BRIEFING PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. AFTER THE ACFT WAS PROVIDED FLIGHT FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS THROUGH AN ARSA THE CONTROLLER INSTRUCTED THE PLT TO RESUME HIS OWN NAVIGATION AND APPROVED HIS CLIMB TO 4,500 FT MSL. THE CONTROLLER OBSERVED THE ACFT'S TARGET ENTER INTO AN AREA OF MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN AND ASKED THE PLT IF HE SAW THE HILLS. THE PLT REPLIED THAT HE SAW SOME OF THEM. RADIO AND RADAR CONTACT WAS THEN LOST. THE ACFT'S WRECKAGE WAS FOUND ON FEB 14, 1987. WX IN THE AREA AT THE TIME OF THE OCCURRENCE WAS REPORTED AS: SKY PARTIALLY OBSCURED, ESTIMATED CEILING BROKEN AT 2,200 FEET MSL, OVERCAST SKY AT 5,000 FEET MSL, VISIBILITY 6 MILE, TEMPERATURE 67 DEGREES, DEW POINT 57 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT, WIND FROM 220 DEGREES AT 5 KNOTS, ALTIMETER 30.10 'HG. THE PLTS FLT LOG WAS NEVER LOCATED. HIS INSTRUMENT CERT EXPIRED IN 1982.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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