NTSB Identification: ANC86FA009.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29139.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Saturday, November 16, 1985 in QUINHAGAK, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-300, registration: N74DJ
Injuries: 4 Fatal,1 Serious,2 Minor.

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.

THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED ON THE FROZEN LEVEL TUNDRA AT NIGHT WHILE ON A PART 135 AIR TAXI FLIGHT FROM BETHEL TO QUINHAGAKI ALASKA. THE INVESTIGATION REVEALLED THE COMMERICIAL RATED AIR TAXI PILOT DID NOT HAVE A 135 AIR TAXI CHECK RIDE OR COMPETENCY CHECK. THE PILOT'S CERTIFICATE PROHIBITED HIM TO CARRY PASSENGERS FOR HIRE AT NIGHT OR MORE THAN 50 MILE CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT. AT TIME OF THE ACCIDENT THE WEATHER WAS BELOW VFR CONDITIONS AND THE PILOT DID NOT RECEIVE A WEATHER BRIEFING.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..INTENTIONAL..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

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

IMPROPER TRAINING..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPROPER INITIAL TRAINING..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT

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

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

IMPROPER USE OF PROCEDURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

INADEQUATE SURVEILLANCE OF OPERATION..FAA(ORGANIZATION)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

COMPANY-INDUCED PRESSURE..COMPANY/OPERATOR MANAGEMENT

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