NTSB Identification: LAX85LA103.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27606.
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 08, 1985 in BEAUMONT, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N29493
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE ACFT WAS ON A PERSONAL VFR FLT TO SANTA BARBARA, CA, ON A DARK OVCST NIGHT. MARGINAL VFR CONDITIONS WITH LGT RAIN PREVAILED. GND WITNESSES RPTD THE ACFT WAS FOLLOWING THE HWY AT ABOUT 200 FT AGL PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. THE PLT RPTD HE INADVERTENTLY BEGAN FOLLOWING THE WRONG HWY AND THAT HE WAS TURNING THE ACFT TO THE LEFT TO REVERSE DIRECTION WHEN THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE RISING TERRAIN. THE PLT AND PASSENGER REPORTED THE ACFT AND ENGINE WERE PERFORMING NORMALLY BEFORE THE ACCIDENT.

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

ALTITUDE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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