NTSB Identification: LAX83FA095.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20373.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 06, 1983 in GORMAN, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA T210N, registration: N1244U
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 PLT RECEIVED A WX BRIEFING BEFORE TAKEOFF, BUT DID NOT FILE A FLT PLAN. APRX 35 MIN LATER, THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED FLYING LOW OVER INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 5 NEAR THE GORMAN VOR & TEJON PASS. A PATROLMAN THAT SAW THE ACFT ESTIMATED THAT IT CROSSED APRX 25 FT OVER A HIGHWAY ACCESS BRIDGE. HE ESTIMATED THE CLOUD LAYER IN THAT AREA WAS ABOUT 75 FT AGL, BUT NEAR THE SUMMIT, THE CEILING WAS APRX 15 FT. AFTER CROSSING THE BRIDGE, THE ACFT DISAPPEARED FROM THE PATROLMAN'S VIEW. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT WAS FOUND WHERE IT CRASHED ON THE GORMAN MOUNTAINSIDE, ABOVE THE HIGHWAY AT AN ELEVATION OF ABOUT 4300 FT MSL. AN INSPECTION OF THE WRECKAGE WAS MADE, BUT NO EVIDENCE OF AN INFLIGHT STRUCTURAL FAILURE WAS FOUND.

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

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


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


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WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN

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