NTSB Identification: LAX86FA037.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30358.
Accident occurred Sunday, November 10, 1985 in AVENAL, CA
Aircraft: BEECH 35, registration: N50CN
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.

THE PLT RECEIVED A WEATHER BRIEFING (TWICE) AND WAS ADVISED EACH TIME THAT VFR FLT ALONG HIS ROUTE WAS NOT RECOMMENDED. A WITNESS OBSERVED THE ACFT FLYING AT A LOW ALT BELOW A CLOUD LAYER, WHEN IT MADE AN ABRUPT LEFT DESCENDING TURN AND CRASHED IN A FIELD. ANOTHER WITNESS WAS DRIVING ON I-5 AND OBSERVED THE ACFT PASS OVERHEAD AT 300 TO 400 FT AGL BELOW THE CLOUDS, AND A SHORT TIME LATER SAW A BALL OF FLAMES NEXT TO THE HWY.L OF FLAMES NEXT TO THE HIGHWAY.

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

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MANEUVER..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..ATTEMPTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE

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