NTSB Identification: SEA86FA248.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32735.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 20, 1986 in OVERTON, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/25/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N5481J
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 UNICOM OPERATOR AT BOULDER CITY MADE RADIO CONTACT WITH '81J' AT ABOUT 2300 PDT, AFTER HEARING AN ACFT MANEUVERING IN THE AREA. THE PLT STATED HE DID NOT PLAN TO LND AT BOULDER CITY, BUT SAID HE INTENDED TO FLY 'UP THE VEGAS WASH' AREA. AT APRX 2300 TO 2400, WITNESSES NOTED A LOW FLYING ACFT THAT WAS 'BUZZING' A BOAT, CAMPERS & VEHICLES IN THE AREA OF VEGAS WASH & THE OVERTON ARM OF LAKE MEAD. AT ABOUT 1000 THE NEXT DAY, THE WRECKAGE WAS SIGHTED ABOUT 150 FT BELOW THE CREST OF A 1622 FT MTN, EAST OF THE OVERTON ARM. TOXICOLOGY CHECKS OF THE PLT'S & PASSENGER'S BLOOD SHOWED ALCOHOL LVLS OF 0.18 & 0.14 MG% (0.18% & 0.14%), RESPECTIVELY.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

BUZZING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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