NTSB Identification: LAX82FA069
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 10, 1982 in TWENTYNINE PALM, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/10/1983
Aircraft: BEECH 95-C55, registration: N200WJ
Injuries: 2 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.

AT 1605, THE FLT CALLED BLYTHE FSS STATING HE WAS 25 MI EAST FOR LANDING. WHEN HE HEARD THAT HIS BUSINESS ASSOCIATES IN ANOTHER ACFT WERE PREPARING TO DEPART BLYTHE FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS, THE PLT CANCELLED HIS LANDING INTENTIONS & STATED THAT THEY WILL BE GOING ON TO TWENTYNINE PALMS ALSO. THE PLTS IN THE OTHER ACFT WERE ON AN IFR FLT PLAN & STATED THAT BECAUSE OF SOLID INSTRUMENT FLIGHT CONDITIONS THEY DID NOT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEAVE THE ATC FREQ TO COMMUNICATE WITH N200WJ. THE ACFT CRASHED IN DESERT TERRAIN 32 MI EAST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS. A WITNESS STATED THAT VISIBILITY AT THE ACCIDENT SITE AT 1630 WAS LESS THAN 1/4 MI WITH MODERATE RAIN. THE PLT DID NOT HAVE A MULTI-ENGINE OR INSTRUMENT RATING,AND HIS CLASS II MEDICAL CERTIFICATE HAD EXPIRED. THE PAX HAD UNDERGONE DOUBLE BYPASS SURGERY IN 1975 FOR SEVERE OCCLUSIVE CORONARY DISEASE. THE AUTOPSY INDICATED THAT THE BYPASS VESSEL HAD A FRESHLY PROPAGATING CLOT, TOTALLY OCCLUDING THE LUMEN.

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

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

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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