NTSB Identification: FTW82FQD10
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 23, 1982 in VAN HORN, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/23/1983
Aircraft: MOONEY M20K, registration: N99996
Injuries: 4 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.

N99996 DEPARTED RIVERSIDE, CA ON A FLIGHT TO NACOGDOCHES, TX THE AIRCRAFT MADE A REFUELING STOP IN DEMING, NM, THE LAST KNOWN EN ROUTE POSITION. THE LEFT SEAT PILOT HELD A PVT CERTIFICATE, THE RIGHT SEAT PILOT WAS A FORMER FAA DESIGNATED PILOT EXAMINER. ACCORDING TO FLIGHT SERVICE STATION INFORMATION, THERE WAS NO RECORD OF A PREFLIGHT WEATHER BRIEFING OR KNOWN CONTACT WITH THE AIRCRAFT BY ANYONE AFTER IT DEPARTED DEMING. THE NEAREST WEATHER REPORTING FACILITY RECORDED LOW CLOUD CEILINGS AND FOG AT THE APPROXIMATE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRCRAFT REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE PRIOR TO IMPACT.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

IFR PROCEDURE..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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