NTSB Identification: LAX82FA073
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 13, 1982 in NEAR LOS BANOS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/13/1983
Aircraft: ROCKWELL 112A, registration: N1433J
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.
DURING A PREFLIGHT BRIEFING, THE PILOT WAS ADVISED THAT THE MOUNTAINS WERE OBSCURED BY CLOUDS, THE OUTLOOK WAS FOR MARGINAL VFR CEILINGS, AND THE WEATHER CONDITIONS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WERE DETERIORATING FASTER THAN FORCASTED. THE PILOT TOOK OFF AT 1333 PST WITHOUT FILING A FLIGHT PLAN. LATER, THE AIRCRAFT WAS OBSERVED PROCEEDING ALONG A HIGHWAY AT ABOUT 100 FT AGL. A WITNESS REPORTED THAT AFTER THE AIRCRAFT PASSED ABOVE HIM, IT MADE A 180 DEG TURN. THE PLANE THEN FLEW INTO A BOX CANYON AREA, ADJACENT TO THE HIGHWAY. AFTER ENTERING THE BOX CANYON, THE AIRCRAFT WAS IN A LEFT TURN WHEN IT CRASHED INTO THE SIDE OF AN UPWARD SLOPING HILL ABOUT 50 FT BELOW AND ADJACENT TO THE HIGHWAY. THE WITNESS STATED THAT THE PASS (WEST OF THE CRASH SITE) WAS OBSCURED WITH CLOUDS AND THAT THE PREVAILING OVERCAST WAS ABOUT 200 FT AGL. THE SOUNDS FROM THE ENGINE WERE REPORTED AS NORMAL.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND
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:IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING
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