NTSB Identification: NYC83FA078.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20475.
Accident occurred Friday, March 18, 1983 in NORTH ADAMS, MA
Aircraft: MITSUBISHI MU-2B-60, registration: N473MA
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.

AT 1145 THE PLT REPORTED VFR CONDITIONS & REQUESTED RADAR VECTORS TO THE ARPT. HE WAS ISSUED A CRUISE CLEARANCE OF 5,000 FT & GIVEN A HEADING. 18 MI FROM THE ARPT HE REPORTED VISUAL CONTACT WITH THE GROUND. AT 1151 HE WAS ASKED IF HE WAS FAMILIAR WITH THE AREA TO WHICH HE RESPONDED NEGATIVE. HE WAS THEN ADVISED OF RISING TERRAIN IN ALL QUADRANTS, INCLUDING A MOUNTAIN '...TO ALMOST 3700 FEET, 3 MILES SOUTH OF THE AIRPORT.' AT 1154 THE PLT WAS ADVISED THAT THE ARPT WAS LESS THAN A MILE AT 12 O'CLOCK. THE ACFT IMPACTED A MOUNTAIN 2 MI SOUTH OF THE ARPT AT ABOUT 2,700 FT MSL. A WITNESSDESCRIBED THE SKY CONDITIONS AS A LOW CEILING WITH CLOUDS OBSCURING THE MOUNTAIN PEAKS. THE ARPT IS UNCONTROLLED & HAS NO PUBLISHED INSTRUMENT APPROACH PROCEDURE.

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

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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