NTSB Identification: LAX82FA070
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, February 08, 1982 in SANTA YSABEL, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/08/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N733ZR
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.

DRG WX BRIEFINGS AT 1024 & 1247 THE PLT WAS ADVISED THAT VFR FLT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED DUE TO LOW CEILINGS & ICING CONDITIONS. AT ABOUT 1418 THE ACFT DEPARTED. AT 1439 THE PLT CONTACTED FLIGHT WATCH (FW) & REPORTED PICKING UP LEADING EDGE ICE 6.4 MI EAST OF THE JULIAN VOR. AT 1443 THE PLT REQUESTED A HEADING BACK TO PALOMAR. FW ADVISED THE PLT THAT FW DOES NOT HAVE DF STEER CAPABILITY & TO CONTACT SAN DIEGO RADIO. THIS TRANSMISSION WAS NOT ACKNOWLEDGED & THERE WERE NO FURTHER COMMUNICATIONS. THE CRASH SITE ELEVATION WAS ABOUT 3,500 FT MSL. THE 1456 SURFACE WX OBSERVATION AT GILLESPIE FLD, EL CAJON, CA, LOCATED ABOUT 25 NM SW OF THE ACCIDENT SITE REPORTED A BROKEN CLOUD CEILING EQUATING TO 1,885 FT MSL. THE PLT'S FIANCE STATED THAT THE PLT WAS ANXIOUS TO RETURN TO ALBUQUERQUE TO CLEAR UP HIS BUSINESS AFFAIRS & RETURN FOR THEIR PENDING MARRIAGE.

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

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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