NTSB Identification: LAX85FA213.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29768.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 20, 1985 in GOLETA, CA
Aircraft: BEECH F33A, registration: N22BW
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.

WHEN THE PLT WAS ADVISED THE DESTN ARPT (SANTA YNEZ) WAS DIRECTLY AHEAD AT 12 MI, HE REQUESTED A FREQ CHANGE & RADAR SVC WAS TERMINATED. ABOUT 9 MIN LATER, HE REESTABLISHED RADIO CONTACT (WITH ARTCC) & REPORTED HE WAS NOT SURE OF HIS PSN. THE CONTROLLER TOLD THE PLT THE ACFT WAS TOO LOW FOR HIS RADAR & ADVISED HIM TO CONTACT SANTA BARBARA RAPCON FOR ASSISTANCE. AFTER CONTACTING RAPCON, HE REPORTED HE WAS DISORIENTED & WAS UNABLE TO FIND THE DESTN ARPT. THE ACFT WAS RADAR IDENTIFIED & THE PLT CONFIRMED A MODE C ALT OF 1300'. HE WAS CAUTIONED ABOUT THE TERRAIN ELEV & WAS GIVEN A HDG TOFLY. THE PLT SAID HE WAS FAMILIAR WITH THE TERRAIN. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, RADIO & RADAR CONTACT WERE LOST. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT ENTERED A DSCNT, CRASHED & BURNED ABOUT 8 MI SOUTH OF SANTA YNEZ, NEAR THE COAST. IMPACT WAS ON ROLLING TERRAINAT AN ELEV OF APRX 95' MSL. THE TERRAIN ROSE TO APRX 4000' BTN THE CRASH SITE & THE ARPT. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FND. TOXICOLOGY CHECKS OF THE PLT'S SPLEEN & LIVER FLUIDS SHOWED ALCOHOL LVLS OF 0.124% & 0.130%.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DESCENT..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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