NTSB Identification: LAX88FA065.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38160.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 31, 1987 in DESERT CENTER, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/03/1989
Aircraft: BRITTEN-NORMAN BN2A-26, registration: N25MR
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.

THE PLT WAS HIRED TO FERRY AN ISLANDER FROM EL PASO, TX TO SANTA PAULA, CA. HE REPRESENTED HIMSELF TO THE FERRY COMPANY AS BEING AN EXPERIENCED ISLANDER PLT. NO PREVIOUS ISLANDER FLT TIME WAS FOUND IN THE PILOT'S LOGBOOK. IT WAS THE PLT'S 40TH BIRTHDAY & HE WAS ANXIOUS TO COMPLETE THE FLT. HE NEITHER FILED FLT PLANS NOR HAD CURRENT CHARTS. APPROACHING THE CHIRIACO SUMMIT AREA ALONG I-10 THE TERRAIN ROSE AND A GROUND-BASED WITNESS REPORTED CLDS WERE LOW. THE PLT CONTINUED THE WESTBND FLT. EVIDENCE INDICATED AN OVERSTRESSED ACFT AND AN IN-FLT BREAKUP.

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

DESIGN STRESS LIMITS OF AIRCRAFT..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING



Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND



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