NTSB Identification: DEN84FA298.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27287.
Accident occurred Monday, September 17, 1984 in GLEN CANYON, UT
Aircraft: CESSNA 182P, registration: N1939M
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 ACFT CRASHED INTO THE 10388 FT HIGH NAVAHO MOUNTAIN AT ABOUT THE 9800 FT LEVEL. REPORTEDLY THERE WAS NO MOON THAT EVENING. THE PLT HAD DEPARTED HAYWARD, CA AT 1351 MDT & WAS ENROUTE TO FARMINGTON, NM. THE ACFT CRASHED AT 2027 MDT. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE 67 YR OLD PILOT WAS SAID TO BE OVERWEIGHT, A HEAVY SMOKER, WAS UNDER GREAT PRESSURE, EASILY BECAME UPSET & HAD NEVER FLOWN THIS ROUTE BEFORE. THE FORMER WWII BOMBER PLT ALSO HAD LIMITED NIGHT & INSTRUMENT EXPERIENCE. THE PLT SEEMED CONFUSED DURING RADIO COMMUNICATIONS. THERE WERE SCATTERED & ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AREA.

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

ALTITUDE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

FATIGUE(CHRONIC)..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

FATIGUE(FLIGHT SCHEDULE)..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OPERATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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