NTSB Identification: DEN85FA019.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27404.
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 23, 1984 in MILAN, NM
Aircraft: CESSNA TR182RG, registration: N5543T
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 PILOT DEPARTED FARMINGTON,NM IN THE EARLY MORNING DARKNESS EN ROUTE TO GRANTS, NM. THE AIRPLANE STRUCK THE ROCK FACE OF A 8399-FOOT MESA AT ABOUT THE 8150-FOOT LEVEL. ACCORDING TO ONE LOCAL RESIDENT, WEATHER AT THAT TIME CONSISTED OF A LOW CEILING, POOR VISIBILITY AND MODERATE SNOWFALL. THE INTRUMENT-RATED PILOT OBTAINED A WEATHER BRIEFINGBUT DID NOT FILE A FLIGHT PLAN.

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

MANEUVER..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PULL-UP..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER EVALUATION..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DAWN


Contributing Factors

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

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