NTSB Identification: LAX86FA061.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31102.
Accident occurred Sunday, December 08, 1985 in SO. LAKE TAHOE, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-201T, registration: N2854R
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.

PRIOR TO DEPARTING ON A VFR FLT FROM SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA, TO TRACY, CA, THE PLT FAILED TO OBTAIN A WX BRIEFING OR FILE A FLT PLAN. WX AT THE ARPT OF DEPARTURE WAS REPORTED AS SCATTERED CLOUDS AT 1500 FT, BROKEN CEILING CONDITIONS AT AN ESTIMATED 3000 FT, VISIBILITY 20 MILES, TEMP 30 DEGREES F., DEW POINT 16 DEGREES F., WITH LIGHT SNOW FALLING AT THE TIMEOF TAKEOFF. AN ELT SIGNAL WAS RECEIVED BY A SATELLITE AND TRANSPORT ACFT AT APRX 1721 HRS AND WAS REPORTED TO SCOTT AFB ASR CENTER. A CAP ACFT WAS DISPATCHED TO THE REPORTED COORDINATES AND THE ACFT'S WRECKAGE WAS LOCATED AT ABOUT 1100 HRS ON THE MORNING FOLLOWING THE ACCIDENT. WX CONDITIONS NEAR THE ACCIDENT SITE WERE FORECAST TO BE OBSCURED WITH PRECIPITATION DURING THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.

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

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPIRAL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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