NTSB Identification: LAX84FA280.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24055.
Accident occurred Thursday, May 03, 1984 in PLACERVILLE, CA
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AMERICAN AA-5B, registration: N28867
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 PLT LIVED NEAR THE ARPT & HAD BEEN COMMUTING TO SACRAMENTO, CA FOR ABOUT 3 WEEKS. RWY 27 WAS THE PROMINANT RWY & THE ARPT WAS SURROUNDED BY HILLS. SHORTLY AFTER TAKING OFF, THE ACFT CRASHED ABOUT 2 MI WEST OF THE ARPT WHILE IN A RIGHT WING LOW ATTITUDE ON A HEADING OF ABOUT 060 DEG. SEVERAL FAMILIES HEARD THE ACFT START & TAKEOFF. ONE PERSON, WHO WAS A PLT, ESTIMATED THE WX WAS ABOUT 100 FT OVERCAST, 1/4 MI VISIBILITY, WING CALM WITH MODERATE RAINFALL. A FARMER NEAR THE CRASH SITE SAID HE HEARD THE ACFT TAKEOFF, & SHORTLY THEREAFTER, THE ENG MADE A MUCH LOUDER SOUND, AS IF THE PLANE WAS IN A POWER DIVE. NO RECORDS WERE FOUND TO INDICATE THE PLT HAD ANY INSTRUMENT TRAINING.

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

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


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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