NTSB Identification: DEN84FA108.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25759.
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 07, 1984 in SARATOGA, WY
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-400, registration: N400SB
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.

DURING A NIGHT X-COUNTRY AFTER A 16 HOUR DAY THE AIRLINE CAPTAIN FLYING HIS OWN ACFT HOME COLLIDED WITH A MOUNTAIN AT THE 10000 FT LEVEL. THE WEATHER WAS VMC BUT THE WINDS ALOFT WERE STRONG AND WOULD HAVE BLOWN THE ACFT TOWARDTHE MOUNTAIN HAD NO WIND CORRECTION ANGLE BEEN USED. THE ACFT WAS IN A STABLE SHALLOW DESCENT WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED17 MILES FROM THE DESTINATION.

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:

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

FATIGUE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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