NTSB Identification: LAX87FA153.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36565.
Accident occurred Monday, March 23, 1987 in CAMP PENDLETON, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/07/1989
Aircraft: BEECH V35B, registration: N8888M
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.

AS THE ACFT WAS NEARING ITS DESTN AT NGT, THE PLT CONTACTED TRACON & REQD RADAR ADVISORIES & CLNC INTO THE TERMINAL AREA. RADAR CONTACT WAS ESTABLISHED WHEN THE ACFT WAS 6 MI NW OF OCEANSIDE VOR AT 1500' MSL. THIS PLACED THE ACFT IN A RESTRICTED AREA (R-2533). THE CONTROLLER ASKED THE PLT IF HE COULD CLIMB, BUT THERE WAS NO REPLY. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, RADAR CONTACT WAS LOST. A WITNESS, WHO WAS DRIVING ON HIGHWAY 101, SAW THE LIGHTS OF AN ACFT BEFORE IT DSCNDD INTO THE OCEAN. THE WITNESS RPRTD THERE WAS A 'RAIN SQUALL' IN THE VICINITY & THE VISIBILITY WAS REDUCED. LATER, THE OCCUPANTS & PIECES OF WRECKAGE WERE WASHED ASHORE; HOWEVER, THE MAIN WRECKAGE WAS NOT RECOVERED. THE PLT'S MED CERT WAS NOT VALID FOR NGT FLT OR FOR COLOR SIGNAL CONTROL.

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

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

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

ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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