NTSB Identification: NYC83FA160.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22528.
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 28, 1983 in JAFFREY, NH
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N738SF
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.

AT 0555 EDT, THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PLT OBTAINED A WX BRIEFING FOR A FLT FROM LIMINGTON, ME TO PAWLING, NY. AT THAT TIME, HE STATED HE WAS UNSURE WHEN HE WOULD DEPART, THE DECISION DEPENDED ON THE WX. THE BRIEFER ADVISED THAT AT THAT TIME, VFR FLT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED & THAT THE PLT SHOULD OBTAIN ANOTHER BRIEFING BEFORE DEPARTING, AT APRX O900 EDT, HE TOOK OFF, AN EN ROUTE REFUELING STOP WAS MADE AT CONCORD, NH. HIS ROUTE OF FLT WAS TO THE SOUTHWEST ALONG VICTOR 93. WHEN THE ACFT WAS DETERMINED TO BE OVERDUE, A SEARCH WAS INITIATED. LATER, IT WAS FOUND WHERE IT CRASHED NEAR THE TOP OF MT MONADNOCK AT AN ELEVATION OF APRX 2900 FT ON A HEADING OF 070. AN EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF A PREIMPACT, MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE. A WITNESS IN THE VICINITY SAW AN ACFT MATCHING ITS DESCRIPTION FLYING BELOW A BROKEN LAYER AT ABOUT 2000 FT MSL. HE STATED HE COULD SEE AN OVERCAST ABOVE THE BROKEN LAYER & THAT MT MONADNOCK WAS OBSCURED BY CLOUDS MOST OF THE DAY.

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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