NTSB Identification: LAX84FA002.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23096.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 01, 1983 in SNOW WATER LAKE, NV
Aircraft: CESSNA 182M, registration: N92019
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 ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE TERRAIN IN A HIGH SPEED WINGS LEVEL DESCENT AT NIGHT AFTER ENCOUNTERING WEATHER AND ICING AT FLT LEVEL OF 13000 FT. THE PLT WAS IN CONTACT WITH SALT LAKE CENTER UNTIL 5 MINUTES BEFORE RADAR CONTACT WAS LOST AND GAVE NO INDICATION OF TROUBLE EXCEPT 'IN THE CLOUDS AND LIGHT ICE.' EARLIER HE HAD DESCRIBED ST ELMOS FIRE TO THE CENTER. HIS LAST CONTACT WAS A REQUEST FOR HIS NOTED GROUND SPEED FROM RADAR. IT WAS 120 KTS ACCORDING TO SALT LAKE ARTCC. DURING THE ON SITE EXAMINATION OF THE ACFT WRECKAGE FLT CONTROL CONTINUITY PRIOR TO IMPACT COULD NOT BE ESTABLISHED. THE COCKPIT SWITCHES/CONTROL POSITIONS WERE DESTROYED. THE ENGINE WAS DISASSEMBLED AND NO EVIDENCE WAS FOUND OF PRE-IMPACT FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION.

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

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

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

STALL..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WING..ICE

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..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


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS

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