NTSB Identification: LAX82FA045
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 20, 1982 in ESCONDIDO, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/20/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 182N, registration: N92387
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.

BEFORE TAKEOFF, THE PILOT RECEIVED A COMPLETE WEATHER BRIEFING. THE BRIEFER WARNED HIM THAT THE WEATHER SYSTEM IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WAS EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS AND ADVISED HIM SEVERAL TIMES NOT TO GO. THE BRIEFING INCLUDED NUMEROUS PILOT REPORTS THAT CONFIRMED THE FORECAST OF ICING AND TURBULENCE. THE PILOT FILED AN IFR FLIGHT PLAN AND DEPARTED IN AN AIRCRAFT THAT WAS NOT CERTIFICATED FOR FLIGHT IN ICING CONDITIONS. RADAR CONTACT WITH THE AIRCRAFT WAS LOST WHILE IT WAS DESCENDING TO INTERCEPT THE ILS. THE PLANE WAS FOUND ON 1/21/82 WHERE IT HAD CRASHED IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. IT WAS LOCATED ABOUT 300 FT FROM WHERE IT HAD STRUCK THE TOPS OF TREES. INTERVIEWS WITH LOCAL RESIDENTS REVEALED THAT THE WEATHER WAS SEVERE WITH WIND AND RAIN AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. AN EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED NO PREIMPACT MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE. THE ELEVATION OF THE TREES WAS ABOUT 3380 FT MSL.

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

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OVERCONFIDENCE IN AIRCRAFT'S ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS

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