NTSB Identification: ANC87FA067.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33175.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Thursday, May 07, 1987 in NIGHTMUTE, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31-350, registration: N54265
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.

THE AIRCRAFT WAS DESTROYED WHEN THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK A 350 FOOT HIGH HILL ALONG ITS ROUTE. THIS FLIGHT WAS A PART 135 ON-DEMAND AIR TAXI CARGO FLIGHT. SEVERAL OTHER AIR TAXI OPERATORS AND COMPANY AIRCRAFT ELECTED TO CANCEL THEIR FLIGHTS. BOTH GROUND REPORTS AND PILOT REPORTS STATED THE WEATHER IN THE AREA OF THE ACCIDENT WAS CEILINGS BELOW 500 FEET AND VISIBILITY LESS THAN ONE MILE.

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

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

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

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

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

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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