NTSB Identification: SEA84FA101.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25790.
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 07, 1983 in EAST SOUND, WA
Aircraft: CESSNA T210M, registration: N761PW
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 STEEPLY UPSLOPING TERRAIN ALONG THE NE SIDE OF ORCAS ISLAND. THE PLT HAD BEEN REPORTEDLY FLYING THROUGHOUT THE PUGET SOUND/PACIFIC NW AREA FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS & WAS FAMILIAR WITH THE TERRAIN & ASSOCIATED WX. SEVERAL PLTS LOCATED IN OR FLYING NEAR THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS REPORTED METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS CHARACTERIZED BY LOW SOLID OVERCAST CEILINGS & RAIN. A PORTABLE TAPE RECORDER WAS FOUND WHICH CONTAINED A 30 MIN CASSETTE. THE RECORD/ PLAYBACK BUTTONS WERE DEPRESSED. THE TAPE CONSISTED OF ABOUT 75% MUSIC & 25% DICTATION DEALING WITH INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS BETWEEN THE PLT & OTHER PERSONNEL INVOLVED WITH A BUSINESS THAT THE PLT HAD JUST TERMINATED HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH. NUMEROUS NAVIGATIONAL FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE.

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

VFR PROCEDURES..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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