NTSB Identification: DEN82FA038
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, March 04, 1982 in 3NM EAST OF MAR, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/04/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N3963F
Injuries: 3 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.

WITNESSES IN THE VICINITY OF THE ACCIDENT AT THE APPROXIMATE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT STATED THAT BLIZZARD LIKE WEATHER CONDITIONS EXISTED, THAT THE SNOW FALL WAS DENSE & THE WIND WAS VARIABLE & GUSTING. THE WRECKAGE WAS LOCATED ATOP A MOUNTAIN AT APPROXIMATELY THE 7500 FT LEVEL. PERSONS WHO KNEW THE PLT STATED HE WOULD FLY IN WX CONDITIONS EXCEEDING VFR CONDITIONS.

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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