NTSB Identification: ANC85FA047.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27352.
Accident occurred Thursday, February 14, 1985 in PORT HEIDEN, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31, registration: N63719
Injuries: 1 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.

THIS FLT ORIGINATED NEAR BECHAROF LAKE AND WAS DESTINED FOR COLD BAY. ACFT CRASHED INTO THE SIDE OF A MOUNTAIN AT THE 7500 FT LEVEL, 23 MILES LEFT OF COURSE. MARGINAL WEATHER CONDITIONS EXISTED INCLUDING A 35 KT RIGHT X-WIND. PLT HAD FLOWN THE SAME ROUTE ABOUT 1 HR PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT. COMPANY VFR FLT PLAN WAS FILED. ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT SUNSET.

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

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

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

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

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