NTSB Identification: LAX86FA289.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33948.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 13, 1986 in SANTA PAULA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1988
Aircraft: American Aviation Corp. (AAC) AA-1A, registration: N6339L
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.

AFTER WORKING FOR OVER 13.5 HOURS THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO FLY 160 MILES TO HIS HOME. THE 1.3 HOUR FLT WAS INITIATED BETWEEN 0100 AND 0200. IT WAS A DARK NIGHT AND ACCORDING TO PERSONS IN THE ACCIDENT AREA A 200-400 FT BROKEN/OVERCAST CLOUD LAYER WAS PRESENT. THERE IS NO PUBLISHED INSTRUMENT APCH FOR THE PLTS DESTINATION ARPT. SUFFICIENT FUEL WAS ON BOARD FOR A DIVERSION TO AN ALTERNATE ARPT, BUT THE PLT CONTINUED INTO SANTA PAULA. THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH 28 DEG UPSLOPING TERRAIN AT AN ALT OF 800 FT MSL, APRX 2 MILES FROM THE ARPT.

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

VFR PROCEDURES..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DESCENT..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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