NTSB Identification: LAX84FA096.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23691.
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 07, 1983 in DANVILLE, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N2862C
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 ACFT COLLIDED WITH RISING TERRAIN AT THE 1600 FT LEVEL ON A DARK NIGHT. THE PLT WAS ON A NIGHT CROSS-COUNTRY AND HADMADE A RADIO CALL SAYING HE WAS UNSURE OF HIS POSITION. HE THEN REPORTED HIS ALT AS 2000 FT. THE BUCHANAN TOWER GAVE HIM A HEADING TO FLY AND SAID HE WAS ONLY 10 MILES FROM THE ARPT. THE ACFT ACKNOWLEDGED THE HEADING AND THIS WAS THE LAST RADIO CONTACT.

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

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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