NTSB Identification: LAX87FA071.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33238.
Accident occurred Friday, December 26, 1986 in GORMAN, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-201, registration: N50U
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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 AIRCRAFT DESCENDED INTO MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN DURING A NIGHT CROSS-COUNTRY FLIGHT. THE SURVIVING PILOT STATED THAT HE WAS ATTENDING TO PAPERWORK AND WHEN HE LOOKED UP HE TURNED ON THE LANDING LIGHT IN TIME TO SEE TREES JUST PRIOR TO IMPACT. HE FURTHER STATED THAT THE RIGHT SEAT PILOT WAS FLYING THE AIRCRAFT AT 8,500 FEET WHEN HE LAST NOTICED. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT AN ELEVATION OF 6,500 FEET.

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

ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..COPILOT/SECOND PILOT

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

ALTITUDE..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SUPERVISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN

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