NTSB Identification: ANC85FA085.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29798.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Thursday, May 16, 1985 in GOLOVIN, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA C-207A, registration: N73635
Injuries: 2 Fatal,3 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.

ACCORDING TO THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND, HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO FLY THROUGH A MOUNTAIN SADDLE. AS HE TURNED TOWARDS THE MOUNTAIN AND BEGAN HIS CLIMB THE WEATHER DETERIORATED RAPIDLY WITH CEILINGS ZERO, VISIBILITY ZERO AND SEVERE TURBULENCE. THE AIRPLANE STRUCK THE SIDE OF A 1707 FOOT HIGH MOUNTAIN AT THE 1590 FOOT LEVEL ON A MAGNETIC HEADING OF 015 DEGREES. THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND STATED THAT JUST PRIOR TO IMPACT HE COULD NOT SEE ANYTHING.

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

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

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

PRESSURE..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:

WEATHER EVALUATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

IMPROPER USE OF EQUIPMENT/AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..WHITEOUT


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER EVALUATION..POOR..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT

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