NTSB Identification: LAX82FA078
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 13, 1982 in HOLLISTER, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/13/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172K, registration: N99WM
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 AIRCRAFT FLEW INTO THE SIDE OF A MOUNTAIN IN LEVEL CRUISE. THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED DURING WEATHER IN WHICH VFR FLIGHT HAD NOT BEEN RECOMMENDED. CLOUDS WERE OBSCURING THE MOUNTAINS. THE AIRCRAFT WAS ON THE RETURN LEG OF A CROSS-COUNTRY FLIGHT. NO FLIGHT PLAN WAS FILED. ACCORDING TO THE AIRCRAFT HEADING AT THE TIME OF IMPACT, THE PILOT HAD TURNED TO A COURSE TO RETURN TO AN AREA WHERE THE WEATHER WAS VFR.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..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
LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT
WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING
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