NTSB Identification: NYC87FA138.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34200.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 08, 1987 in LANESVILLE, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/1988
Aircraft: BEECH 95-B55, registration: N973E
Injuries: 4 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 AND HIS FAMILY DPTD 2/8/87 ON A SKI TRIP TO VT. THE FLT DID NOT ARRIVE. THE ACFT WAS FND ON A MTN PLATEAU ON 5/2/87. WX CONDITIONS RPTDLY DETERIORATED AND DARKNESS WAS APCHING AT THE ESTIMATED TIME OF THE ACDT, SHORTLY AFTER SUNSET. THE ACFT IMPACTED IN A LEVEL ATTITUDE AND IN CRUISE CONFIGURATION. NO MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS WERE FOUND.

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

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

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

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK

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