NTSB Identification: DEN82FTM09
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, February 18, 1982 in ST. GEORGE, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/18/1983
Aircraft: BEECH A36, registration: N4295S
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 AIRCRAFT WAS ON A FLIGHT FROM LAS VEGAS, NEVADA TO ST. GEORGE, UTAH WHEN IT FLEW PAST THE DESTINATION AND STRUCK THE SIDE OF A MOUNTAIN. THE CRASH SITE WAS LOCATED ABOUT 15 MILES BEYOND THE DESTINATION AT AN ELEVATION OF ABOUT 7600 FT MSL. THE SITE WAS ALMOST DIRECTLY IN LINE WITH THE DEPARTURE POINT AND THE MORMON MESA VORTAC. THE MORMON MESA VORTAC WAS LOCATED ABOUT HALF WAY BETWEEN LAS VEGAS AN ST. GEORGE. THE AIRCRAFT WAS EQUIPPED WITH AN AUTOPILOT. MEMBERS OF THE PILOT'S FAMILY BELIEVED THAT HE WENT TO SLEEP WHILE FLYING WITH THE AUTOPILOT ON. A TOXICOLOGICAL CHECK SHOWED TRACES OF COCAINE.

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:

INCAPACITATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FATIGUE(LACK OF SLEEP)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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