NTSB Identification: DEN87FA226.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35069.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 23, 1987 in CUBERO, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/11/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172RG, registration: N5247V
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 PLT RCVD A WX BRIEFING PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. VFR FLT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED BY THE BRIEFER. N5247V DEPARTED AT 2005 HRS AND AT 2200 HRS THE PLT RADIOED ABQ ARTCC THAT HE WAS DESCENDING FROM 9000 FT TO 7500 FT TO AVOID WX. ARTCC RADAR TRACK WAS LOST SHORTLY THEREAFTER. THE TERRAIN ELEVATION IN THE AREA RANGES FROM 7500 FT TO OVER 8700 FT. THE ACFT IMPACTED THE TERRAIN AT THE 7800 FT LEVEL. THE PVT PLT DID NOT HOLD AN INSTR RATING.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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