NTSB Identification: LAX86FA038.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29791.
Accident occurred Saturday, November 09, 1985 in GOLD RUN, CA
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AMERICAN AA-5B, registration: N28495
Injuries: 3 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 ACCIDENT LOCATION AND THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT IS LOCATED IN A MOUNTAINOUS AREA. THE ACFT DEPARTED TRUCKEE-TAHOE ARPT (TRK) TO THE NORTHEAST IN MARGINAL VFR CONDITIONS AT SUNSET. THE ACFT CONTINUED ON A NORTHEASTERLY HEADING FOR 18 MILES AND THEN TURNED TO A WESTERLY HEADING AND CONTINUED ON THIS HEADING UNTIL IT WAS ABOUT 8 MILES NORTH OF TRK. THE PLT THEN TURNED THE ACFT ON A SOUTHWESTERLY HEADING UNTIL COLLIDING WITH A TREE AT THE 5000 MSL LEVEL. THE AUTOMATIC WEATHER OBSERVATION DISCLOSED RAIN EXISTED NEAR THE ACCIDENT AREA AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. THE RADAR DATA SHOWED THE AIRCRAFT TO BE FLYING ALONG A RIDGE THAT TRAVERSES THE AIRPORT 8 MILES TO THE NORTH OF TRK IN AN EAST/WEST DIRECTION. THE WRECKAGE EXAMINATION DISCLOSED NO EVIDENCE OF ANY PREIMPACT MALFUNCTIONS AND/0R FAILURES.

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:

WEATHER EVALUATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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