NTSB Identification: NYC83FA144.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23862.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 16, 1983 in MOULTONBORO, NH
Aircraft: BEECH 76, registration: N794Y
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.

AFTER MAKING AN INSTRUMENT ACPH TO LACONIA, NH, THE PLT LANDED, PHONED HIS WIFE & ADVISED HER OF HIS INTENTION TO FLY TO MOULTONBORO, NH. AFTER TAKING OFF, HE ADVISED MOULTONBORO UNICOM THAT HE HAD DEPARTED LACONIA & WAS OVER A NEARBY LAKE, BUT WAS HAVING A PROBLEM FINDING THE ARPT. THE UNICOM OPERATOR ADVISED THAT THE WX WAS BAD, THERE WAS FOG AT TREETOP LEVEL, BUT IF DESIRED THE RWY LIGHTS WOULD BE ILLUMINATED. THE PLT RESPONDED THAT WOULD NOT BE NECESSARY, HE WOULD CIRCLE A COUPLE OF TIMES TO SEE IF HE COULD FIND THE ARPT, IF NOT, HE WOULD RETURN TO LACONIA. NO FURTHER TRANSMISSIONS WERE RECEIVED FROM THE ACFT. WHEN THE ACFT DID NOT ARRIVE AT EITHER DESTINATION, A SEARCH WAS INITIATED. IT WAS FOUND ABOUT 50 FT BELOW THE TOP OF A MOUNTAIN RIDGE WHERE IT CRASHED AT AN ELEVATION OF APRX 2000 FT. NO EVIDENCE OF A PREIMPACT/MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE WAS FOUND.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..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

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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