NTSB Identification: NYC84FA247.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26700.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Monday, July 16, 1984 in NEWCOMB, NY
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-220T, registration: N8345A
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 FLIGHT WAS OPERATING IN ACCORDANCE WITH F.A.R. PART 135.THE PLT FILED A VFR FLT PLAN AND WAS CRUISING AT AN ALTITUDE OF 5,500 FT WHEN CLOUDS WERE ENCOUNTERED. THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO DESCEND TO 3,500 BUT COLLIDED WITH THE SANTANONIMOUNTAIN AT AN ELEVATION OF 3500 FT. THE MOUNTAIN IS 4607 FT HIGH.

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

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

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:

VFR PROCEDURES..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DESCENT..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

VISUAL LOOKOUT..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND


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