NTSB Identification: FTW84FA082.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24129.
Accident occurred Friday, December 02, 1983 in HODGEN, OK
Aircraft: CESSNA 310K, registration: N310JD
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 PLT HAD PURCHASED THE ACFT AT REXBURG, ID ON THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT. REPORTEDLY, THE PREVIOUS OWNER HAD FLOWN WITH THE PLT, BEFORE THE PLT DEPARTED REXBURG, AND SAID HE HAD FLOWN THE ACFT VERY WELL. THE PREVIOUS OWNER STATED THAT THE DME WAS NOT FUNCTIONING AT THE TIME THE ACFT WAS PURCHASED & HAD LEFT REXBURG. THE PLT THEN DEPARTED ON A FLT TO POTEAU, OK WITH AN EN ROUTE STOP AT HUTCHINSON, KS. AT HUTCHINSON, THE ACFT WAS REFUELED, BUT NO MAINTEANCE WAS PERFORMED. THE PLT TOOK OFF ON THE FINAL PORTION OF THE FLT TO POTEAU AT 1905 CST. DURING ARRIVAL, HE WAS INSTRUCTEDTO REMAIN AT 4500 FT UNTIL CROSSING THE RICH MOUNTAIN VOR, THEN WAS CLEARED FOR THE VOR/DME RWY 36 APCH. DURING THE, APCH, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH RISING TERRAIN AT ABOUT 2550 FT, APRX 2 MI NORTH OF THE VOR. THE MIN STEP-DOWN ALT WAS 4000 FT UNTIL 8 MI NORTH OF THE VOR, THEN THE MIN ALT WAS 2400 FT UNTIL CROSSING THE FINAL APCH FIX, 15 MI NORTH OF THE VOR. NO PREIMPACT MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND EXCEPT FOR THE INOPERATIVE DME.

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

DESCENT..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

COMM/NAV EQUIPMENT,DISTANCE MEASURING EQPT(DME)..INOPERATIVE


Contributing Factors

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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