NTSB Identification: LAX82FA072
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 07, 1982 in 6 NM NORTH OF S, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/07/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA P210N, registration: N731NQ
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.

THE PILOT WAS ADVISED THAT VFR TO FLAGSTAFF WAS NOT RECOMMENDED. HE ADVISED THE BRIEFER THAT HE HAD JUST RECENTLY FLOWN FROM SEDONA AND KNEW HE COULD RETURN VFR. AT ABOUT 1938 MST, THE PLANE DEPARTED PHOENIX WITH NO FLIGHT PLAN. WHILE EN ROUTE, THE PILOT REPORTED FLYING AT 7500 FT BELOW AN OVERCAST OF UNKNOWN ALTITUDE. THE WEATHER AT FLAGSTAFF WAS 800 FT OVERCAST, VISIBILITY 3 MILES WITH LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS AND FOG. ABOUT 6 MILES NORTH OF SEDONA, THE PLANE STRUCK TREES AND CRASHED AT AN ELEVATION OF ABOUT 7000 FT. THE ACCIDENT SITE WAS LOCATED ON SNOW COVERED, WOODED TERRAIN AT THE EDGE OF A PLATEAU BETWEEN SEDONA AND FLAGSTAFF.

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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