NTSB Identification: DEN84FA107.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25155.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 10, 1984 in CRAIG, CO
Aircraft: Mooney M20K, registration: N231F
Injuries: 1 Fatal,2 Serious.

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.

WITNESSES OBSERVED & HEARD THE PLT MAKING AN APCH & SUBSEQUENT GO-AROUND OR PASS OVER THE GROUND AT THE ARPT. HEAVY FOG CONDITIONS EXISTED WHICH WERE BELOW IFR MINIMUMS. THE PLT FAILED TO REALIZE HIGHER TERRAIN EXSISTED NORTH OF THE ARPT. THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE HIGHER SNOW COVERED TERRAIN. POST CRASH EXAMINATION REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF A MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE OF THE ACFT FLT CONTROLS, STRUCTURE OR ENG PRIOR TO GROUND IMPACT.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..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

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

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

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