NTSB Identification: SEA87FA014.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31972.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 25, 1986 in PORT TOWNSEND, WA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38, registration: N2565P
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 PLT HAD FLOWN THIS ACFT OVER THE SAME ROUTE MANY TIMES. WHILE EN ROUTE, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TALL TREES ON RISING TERRAIN ABOUT 3 MILES SOUTH OF A DIRECT COURSE TO THE DESTINATION. THE WX IN THE VICINITY WAS CHARACTERIZED BY LOW CLOUDS, FOG & HAZE. APRX 23 MILES WEST, THE PORT ANGELES WX AT 1920 PDT WAS, IN PART: 1100 THIN BROKEN, SKY CONDITION OBSCURED ABOVE 1100 FT, VISIBILITY 3 MI WITH FOG AND HAZE, WIND CALM. THE ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS ABOUT 1300 FT;THE ELEVATION AT PORT ANGELES WAS 288 FT. THIS PARTICULAR FOOTHILL WAS KNOWN TO BE THE SITE OF SEVERAL PRIOR MISHAPS.

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


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OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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