NTSB Identification: SEA86LA172.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31488.
Accident occurred Friday, July 18, 1986 in PETERSBURG, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28, registration: N7642F
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PLT REPORTED HE HAD TAKEN OFF IN 'OK VISIBILITY' AND PROCEEDED TOWARD WRANGELL, ALASKA. EN ROUTE HE ENCOUNTERED 'GROUND FOG' AND WAS IN THE PROCESS OF TURNING AROUND WHEN HE 'HIT CONNER (SIC) OF FOG ON THE HILLSIDE. THEN HIT TREES.'THE PASSENGER REPORTED TO POLICE THAT THEY WERE GETTING LOWER AND LOWER DURING THE FLIGHT BEFORE HITTING THE TREES.

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DAWN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER EVALUATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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