NTSB Identification: DEN85FA009.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27275.
Accident occurred Friday, October 12, 1984 in PINEHILL, NM
Aircraft: BELLANCA 14-19-3A, registration: N8868R
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.

LEFT WING FAILED INFLIGHT. THUNDERSTORMS IN AREA AT TIME OF CRASH. PILOT WAS ENROUTE FROM CALIFORNIA TO NEW JERSEY, HAD BEEN FLYING 4 HOURS, 18 MINUTES. AWAKE AT LEAST 7 HOURS. TRANSITED 1 TIME ZONE. NO RECORD OF WEATHER BRIEFING OR FLIGHT PLAN FILED. PILOT NOT INSTRUMENT RATED.

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

WING..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

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

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:

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..GROUND


Contributing Factors

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE(THUNDERSTORMS)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

FATIGUE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

INADEQUATE RECURRENT TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND

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