NTSB Identification: DEN86FA259.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32114.
Accident occurred Thursday, September 25, 1986 in CRAWFORD, CO
Aircraft: CESSNA 340A, registration: N6663G
Injuries: 5 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 TOOK OFF ON A VFR FLT WITH NO FLT PLAN FILED OR WX BRIEFING. HE ENCOUNTERED A WX SQUALL LINE EN ROUTE WITH LOW CEILINGS, FOG, MIXED RAIN AND SNOW. WHILE HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO MANEUVER VFR THROUGH THE WX AT A LOW ALTITUDE ABOVE THE GROUND, THE ACFT ENTERED CLOUDS AND IMPACTED TERRAIN AT 7,500 FEET MSL IN 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:

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

HAZARDOUS WEATHER ADVISORY..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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