NTSB Identification: LAX84FA136.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24905.
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 10, 1984 in UNION CITY, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 185, registration: N93086
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 ACFT CRASHED INTO HILLY TERRAIN IN AN ALMOST VERTICAL HIGH SPEED POWER ON DESCENT. A WITNESS ABOUT 64 MILES NORTH OF THE ACCIDENT SITE HAD SEEN AN ACFT THAT MET THE DESCRIPTION OF THE ACCIDENT ACFT 'SCUD RUNNING', OR FLYING BENEATH THE LOW CLOUD BASES ABOUT ABOUT 500-600 FT AGL AND HEADING SOUTHBOUND TOWARD THE ACCIDENT AREA.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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



Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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