NTSB Identification: LAX84FA087.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23237.
Accident occurred Thursday, December 01, 1983 in HOLTVILLE, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-260, registration: N3206W
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 HAD DEPARTED MAZATLAN, MEXICO AT 0632 PST & HAD LANDED AT LOS MOCHIS & MEXICALI, MEXICO & AT CALEXICO, CA, WHERE HE CLEARED U.S. CUSTOMS. BEFORE DEPARTING CALEXICO, HE TELEPHONED HIS FAMILY & TOLD THEM THE WX HAD BEEN POOR ALL DAY. THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL AT YUMA, AZ WAS 1730 PST. WHEN THE ACFT DD NOT ARRIVE, A SEARCH WAS BEGUN. THE WRECKAGE WAS FOUND ABOUT 17 MI EAST OF IMPERIAL, CA, WHERE THE PLANE HAD CRASHED ON A WESTERLY HEADING. AT THE TIME OF IMPACT, THE ACFT WAS ESTIMATED TO HAVE BEEN IN A 15 DEG DESCENT & IN A 65 DEG RIGHT BANK. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND. WITNESSES ATTESTED TO WORSENING WX & GUSTY WINDS IN THE VICINITY AT THE PRESUMED TIME OF THE CRASH. THE CO-OWNER NOTED THERE WAS A 600 FT ERROR IN THE ALTIMETER, WHICH THE PLT WOULD COMPENSATE FOR, BY ADJUSTING THE BAROMETER SETTING.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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



Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

INFORMATION INSUFFICIENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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