NTSB Identification: SEA86FA232.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31523.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 30, 1986 in JOHN DAY, OR
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N3618R
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 NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOTS DEPARTED HERMISTON EN ROUTE TO BURNS, OREGON. VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS PREVAILED; HOWEVER, MOUNTAIN TOPS ALONG THE ROUTE OF FLIGHT WERE OCCASIONALLY OBSTRUCTED BY LOCAL CLOUD LAYERS. DURING THE COURSE OF THE FLIGHT THE PILOT(S) ENTERED INTO AND THEN CONTINUED WITHIN INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS. SOMETIME THEREAFTER, THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH SHARPLY UPSLOPING MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN.

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

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

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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