NTSB Identification: DEN83FA056.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21688.
Accident occurred Monday, February 07, 1983 in LEADVILLE, CO
Aircraft: NAVION G, registration: N91774
Injuries: 2 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 CRASHED INTO A MOUNTAIN AT THE 12000 FT LEVEL IN BAD WEATHER DURING A CROSS-COUNTRY FLT. BEFORE TAKEOFF THE PILOT HAD BEEN ADVISED OF ADVERSE WEATHER ENROUTE WITH VFR FLT NOT RECOMMENDED. HE SAID HE WOULD FLY OUT TO CHECK THE WEATHER AND RETURN IF IT WAS TOO BAD. LATER HE CALLED ASPEN FOR A'FIX' OR AID IN RETURNING AND WAS TOLD HE WOULD HAVE TOCALL DENVER. A LOCAL RESIDENT HEARD THE PILOT TRYING TO CALL DENVER BUT CONTACT WAS NEVER MADE. SOMETIME LATER AN FLT SIGNAL WAS REPORTED. THE ACRT WAS FOUND THE FOLLOWING DAY IN A SNOW COVERED WILDERNESS AREA NEAR LEADVLLE CO.

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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

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..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

TORQUE/P-FACTOR..INADVERTENT..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:

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION

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