NTSB Identification: LAX85FA059.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27852.
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 21, 1984 in INDEPENDENCE, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-200T, registration: N2245F
Injuries: 4 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 NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PLT RECEIVED TWO WX BRIEFINGS BEFORE THE FLT DURING WHICH HE WAS INFORMED THAT VFR FLT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED. FLT DEPARTED AT 1308 PST AND A SEARCH WAS INITITATED WHEN ACFT FAILED TO ARRIVE AT IT'S DESTINATION. NTAP PRINT OUT INDICATED SEVERAL ALT CHANGES DURING THE FLT. WRECKAGE WAS LOCATED ON THE WEST FACE OF A MOUNTAIN RIDGE AT 11,800 FT MSL. DUE TO ELEVATION, TERRAIN AND SNOW, THE ACCIDENT SITE WAS INACCESSIBLE FOR INVESTIGATION. THE 1450 PST WX OBSERVATION AT BISHOP, CA, 32 MILES N OF THE SITE WAS 500 FT SCATTERED, E800 FT OVERCAST,WITH 3 MILES VISIBILITY IN LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER FORECAST..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN

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