NTSB Identification: LAX87FA014.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34921.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 11, 1986 in HAPPY JACK, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 177RG, registration: N34213
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 PRIVATE PLT WAS INFORMED THAT MVFR WEATHER CONDITIONS EXISTED ALONG HIS PLANNED ROUTE OF FLIGHT. THE PLT TOOK OFF & HEADED INTO THE DETERIORATING WX. WHILE CRUISING BENEATH CLOUDS THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH RAPIDLY RISING TERRAIN. THE PLT REPORTEDLY WAS HAVING MARITAL PROBLEMS & SOUGHT CUSTODY OF HIS 22-MONTH OLD SON. THE PLT WAS HIGHLY MOTIVATED TO LEAVE TOWN. THE PLT WAS TRANSPORTING HIS SON IN THE ACFT AT THE TIME OF THE ACC.

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

MOTIVATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING



Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

EXPECTANCY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER EVALUATION..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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