NTSB Identification: SEA85LA054.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28780.
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 05, 1985 in ASHLAND, OR
Aircraft: CESSNA 182-F, registration: N3559Y
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

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 PLT WAS BRIEFED REGARDING WEATHER AND EXPECTED FLT CONDITIONS BTW MEDFORD AND REDDING. THE BRIEFING INCLUDED A FORECAST FOR IMPROVING CONDITIONS APPROACHING THE DESTINATION AS WELL AS POSSIBLE ICING EN ROUTE. THE ACFT DEPARTED MEDFORD CARRYING APRX 970 LBS (OCCUPANTS/CARGO) AND 4.5 HRS OF FUEL. (THE ACFT USES APRX 15 GHP.) THE ACFT USEFUL LOAD WEIGHT WAS APRX 1111 POUNDS. DURING THE CLIMB IN INSTRUMENT CONDITIONS THE PILOT REPORTED LOSING ALTITUDE AND POWER AND EXECUTED A COURSE REVERSAL TO RETURN TO MEDFORD. THE ACFT IMPACTED IN A STEEP, NOSE LOW ATTITUDE. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION WITH EITHER THE ENGINE OR AIRFRAME.

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

REASON FOR OCCURRENCE UNDETERMINED

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

SPIRAL..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT WEIGHT AND BALANCE..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS

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