NTSB Identification: DEN83FA108.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22026.
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 03, 1983 in ALPINE, WY
Aircraft: PIPER 28-180, registration: N7295W
Injuries: 1 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 COLLIDED WITH MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN IN IMC WEATHER. THE PILOT HAD BEEN BRIEFED ON THE WEATHER. PART OF THE OBSERVATION CALLED FOR MOUNTAIN OBSCURATION BY CLOUDS OR PRECIPITATION. A PERSON WHO RESIDES IN ALPINE, WY SAID THE MOUNTAIN TOPS WERE OBSCURED AND THERE WERE SNOW SHOWERS IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED THAT THE ACFT STRUCK THE SNOW COVERED RISING TERRAIN IN A NOSE HIGH RIGHT WING LOW ATTITUDE AT THE 9500 FT LEVEL. THE PLT HAD FILED A VFR FLT PLAN WAS NOT INSTRUMENT RATED AND HAD NOT FLOWN THIS ROUTE BEFORE. THE PILOTS FLT LOG REVEALED THAT THE PLT DID NOT RECEIVE ANY MOUNTAIN FLYING INSTRUCTION BEFORE OR AFTER RECEIVING HIS PLTS LICENSE.

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..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..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW

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