NTSB Identification: DEN86FA038.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30526.
Accident occurred Thursday, November 28, 1985 in GALLUP, NM
Aircraft: CESSNA C-182, registration: N52599
Injuries: 2 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.

THE PLT DEPARTED LAS CRUCES, NM, ON A VFR FLT TO GALLUP,NM. APPROX 23 MILES FROM DESTINATION, IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN, THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PLT ENCOUNTERED UNFORECAST SNOW STORM CONDITONS AT NIGHT. WHILE THE PLT WAS MANEUVERING TOWARD THE DESTINATION AT A LOW ALTITUDE IN CONDITIONS OF LOW CEILING, LOW VISIBILITY AND DARKNESS, THE ACFT IMPACTED TREES AND CRASHED.

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

WEATHER FORECAST..INACCURATE..NWS PERSONNEL

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

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

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

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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