NTSB Identification: DEN85FA043.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27662.
Accident occurred Friday, December 14, 1984 in ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Aircraft: PIPER PA-30-160, registration: N7329Y
Injuries: 3 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 FLT WAS EN ROUTE FROM FORTH WORTH, TX, TO SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO, WHEN THE PLT DECIDED TO DIVERT TO ALBUQUERQUE. THE A/C CRASHED WHILE BEING VECTORED FOR AN ILS APPROACH TO RWY 8. THE PLT RECEIVED HIS INSTRUMENT RATING SLIGHTLY MORE THAN 6 MOS BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. HE HAD LOGGED 24.1 HRS OF ACTUAL INSTRUMENTS BUT ONLY ONE INSTRUMENT APPROACH SINCE RECEIVING HIS INSTRUMENT RATING. THE PILOT HAD BEEN FLYING MORE THAN 3 HRS ON INSTRUMENTS PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT.

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..GROUND


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


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WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


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WEATHER CONDITION..WINDSHEAR


Contributing Factors

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

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