NTSB Identification: SEA86FA096.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31088.
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 08, 1986 in EAST WENATCHEE, WA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N42496
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 DEPARTED ARPT IN BOTTOM OF COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE ON NIGHT VFR FLT TO SPOKANE, WA. FIVE TO SIX MIN AFTER DEPARTURE ACFT IMPACTED TERRAIN ON LIP OF CANYON WALL. PLTS REPORTED MODERATE TO SEVERE TURBULENCE NEAR THE BLUFF LINE BEFORE AND AFTER CRASH. THE ACFT IMPACTED IN A STEEP NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE AND EXPLODED ON IMPACT.

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

STALL/SPIN..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER EVALUATION..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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