NTSB Identification: LAX87FA117.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35197.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 15, 1987 in NEWHALL, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/11/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 180J, registration: N52184
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.

BASED ON AVAILABLE EVIDENCE, IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED BETWEEN 0700 AND 0830 HRS DURING A PERIOD OF LOW CEILINGS AND RESTRICTED VISIBILITIES IN THE AREA WHERE THE ACCD TOOK PLACE. THE ACCD SITE IS LOCATED IN A MOUNTAIN PASS AREA BETWEEN TWO VALLEYS. THE DEPT POINT, TIME, ROUTE OF FLT, AND DEST OF THE FLT ARE UNK. A WHITE POWDERY SUBSTANCE, LATER IDENTIFIED AS METHAMPHETIMINE, WAS FOUND WIDELY DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE CABIN AREA AND THE SORROUNDING GROUND AT THE ACCD SITE. EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE INDICATED THAT THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE 46 DEGREE SLOPE OF THE MOUNTAIN IN A HIGH SPEED DESCENT AT AN ANGLE OF ABT 45 DEGREES NOSE DOWN. NO PREIMPACT MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS OR FAILURES WERE IDENTIFIED DURING THE INVESTIGATION. THE ACFT HAD NOT HAD AN ANNUAL INSPECTION IN TWO YEARS AND THE LAST DOCUMENTED BFR FOR THE PLT WAS IN AUGUST OF 1983. THE RESULTS OF THE TOXICOLOGICAL TESTS WERE NEGATIVE FOR ALCOHOL AND ALL DRUG SUBSTANCES.

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPIRAL..NOT CORRECTED..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

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

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



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER FORECAST..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OPERATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

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

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