NTSB Identification: DEN84FA223.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26288.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 11, 1984 in QUESTA, NM
Aircraft: CESSNA 310H, registration: N1111Q
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 ACFT COLLIDED WITH RISING TERRAIN AT THE 12500 FT LEVEL.THE SUMMIT WAS ABOUT 200 FT ABOVE THE CRASH SITE. A FRIEND OF THE PLT WAS INTERVIEWED BY THE IIC FROM NTSB. THIS FRIEND WAS THE HOST OF THE 3 ACCIDENT VICTIMS FOR THE WEEKEND AT HIS GUNNISON RANCH. THE HOST, BECAUSE HE WAS A PLT ASKED THE GUEST PLT TO POSTPONE THE FLT. THE HOST WAS ASSURED THAT IFTHE WX CONDITIONS WERE NOT GOOD THE FLT WOULD RETURN TO THE RANCH. THE GUEST PLT WAS DESCRIBED BY THE HOST AS BEING 'THEBEST PASTURE PLT I EVER KNEW.' HE ALSO STATED THE PLT HATED TO USE THE RADIO, NEVER FILED A FLT PLAN AND WAS NOT VERSED IN OMNI. ONMI IS SLANG FOR VOR NAVIGATION OR VERY HIGH FREQUENCY OMNIDIRECTIONAL RADIO RANGE. THE PLT HAD BEEN ADVISED BY FSS SPECIALISTS THAT VFR FLT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED ALONG HIS PLANNED ROUTE BECAUSE OF ICING LEVELS & MOUNTAIN OBSCURATION. THE PLT CHOSE TO GO ANYWAY AND DEPARTED WITHOUT FILING A FLT PLAN.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..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

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

CLEARANCE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE

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