NTSB Identification: LAX85FA038.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27054.
Accident occurred Friday, November 02, 1984 in MEADOW VISTA, CA
Aircraft: STINSON VOYAGER 150, registration: N97638
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 COLLIDED WITH TERRAIN WHILE MANEUVERING NORTHEAST OF AUBURN AIRPORT DURING A VFR PERSONAL FLT. THE PLT ADVISED SACRAMENTO TRACON THAT HE HAD AUBURN ARPT IN SIGHT. HOWEVER, TRACON OBSERVED N97638 FLY OVER & PASS AUBURN ARPT IN A NORTHERLY DIRECTION & CALLED THE ACFT. AT THIS TIME, THE PLT ADVISED TRACON THAT HE WANTED A VECTOR TO LINCOLN ARPT, 16 MI WEST OF AUBURN. SACRAMENTO TRACON ADVISED N97638 TO MAINTAIN VFR & THAT HE WAS ENTERING AN AREA OF HIGH TERRAIN. ALSO, HE WAS ADVISED THAT WHEN POSSIBLE, HE SHOULD TURN RIGHT OR LEFT TO A HEADING OF 240 DEG FOR A VECTOR TO LINCOLN ARPT. THESE INSTRUCTIONS WERE ACKNOWLEDGED BY THE PLT, BUT SHORTLY AFTER THE ACFT DISAPPEARED FROM RADAR. ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS IN THE ACCIDENT AREA, THE GROUND VISIBILITY WAS 'ZERO ZERO WITH FOG AND MISTY CONDITIONS.' PRIOR TO DEPARTURE ON THIS FLT THE PLT WAS ADVISED BY FSS THAT 'VFR FLIGHT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED.'

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

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

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG



Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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