NTSB Identification: LAX84FA328.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24487.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 02, 1984 in BAKER, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31-350, registration: N6GW
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.

THE ACFT WAS FOUND WHERE IT HAD CRASHED & BURNED ON A ROUGH LAVA BED. THE CRASH SITE WAS ABOUT 1 MI NORTHEAST OF A ROAD WHERE DRUG SMUGGLING ACFT HAD BEEN KNOWN TO LAND IN THE PAST. THERE WAS EVIDENCE THAT COCAINE HAD BEEN REMOVED FROM THE ACCIDENT SITE. THE WRECKAGE HAD BEEN CAMOUFLAGED BY PLACING LAVA ROCKS ON THE SHINY PIECES OF METAL. THERE WAS EVIDENCE THAT THE PLANE HAD CRASHED IN A LEFT WING LOW ATTITUDE WHILE IN A LANDING CONFIGURATION. NO PREIMPACT/MECHANICAL PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND. THE ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS ABOUT 2930 FT. THE ACFT WRECKAGE WAS DISCOVERED ON 6/2/84. THE ACTUAL TIME OF THE ACCIDENT WAS NOT DETERMINED.

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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