NTSB Identification: LAX83FA276.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22597.
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 08, 1983 in EL CAJON, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N8318T
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 PLT WAS FIRST WX BRIEFED AT 0916 FOR A FLT TO CATALINA ISLAND & ON TO SAN JOSE. VFR FLT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED. SUBSEQUENTLY THE PLT CALLED FSS FOUR MORE TIMES, THE FINAL CALL AT 1402 DURING WHICH HE REQUESTED & RECEIVED THE WX FOR MONTGOMERY & GILLESPIE ARPT. BOTH WERE STILL BELOW VFR. AT 1443 THE PLT CONTACTED THE TOWER & RECEIVED A SPECIAL VFR CLEARANCE & THE ACFT DEPARTED AT 1449. ABOUT 2 MIN LATER THE PLT WAS INFORMED THAT HE WAS IN NAS MIRAMAR'S AIRSPACE, AT WHICH TIME HE STATED HE WOULD LIKE TO RETURN TO THE ARPT. THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TERRAIN ABOUT 10 FT BELOW THE NORTH PEAK OF FORTUNA MOUNTAIN.

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

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAZE/SMOKE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING

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