NTSB Identification: LAX84FA374.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26806.
Accident occurred Friday, April 27, 1984 in LONE PINE, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-200, registration: N56981
Injuries: 2 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.

WHEN THE ACFT DID NOT RETURN FROM A X-COUNTRY FLT, A SEARCH WAS INITIATED. HOWEVER, THE ACFT WAS NOT FOUND UNTIL HIKERS DISCOVERED THE WRECKAGE ON 6/29/84. IMPACT OCCURRED AT ABOUT THE 9000 FT LEVEL IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. THE OUTER WING PANELS & HORIZONTAL STABILATORS WERE FOUND AT A REMOTE DISTANCE FROM THE MAIN WRECKAGE. AN EXAM OF THE FRACTURE SURFACES REVEALED NO PREEXISTING CRACKS. PRIOR TO THE FLT, THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PLT WAS ADVISED THAT VFR FLT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED. THE MOUNTAIN TOPS WERE FORCASTED TO BE OBSCURED WITH BROKEN TO OVERCAST CLOUD BASES AT 8000 TO 10,000 FT. CLOUD TOPS WERE FORCASTED TO BE IN THE VICINITY OF 20,000 FT. SNOW SHOWERS WERE EXPECTED ABOVE THE FREEZING LEVEL.

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

DESIGN STRESS LIMITS OF AIRCRAFT..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..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

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS




Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


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