NTSB Identification: LAX82FA084
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 21, 1982 in TRUCKEE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/21/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N3646R
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.

THE NON-INSTRUMENT RATED PILOT WAS ON A RETURN FLIGHT FROM LIVERMORE, CA TO TRUCKEE. THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED ON A DARK NIGHT AT AN ELEVATION OF ABOUT 6700 FT MSL IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. THE ANGLE OF IMPACT WAS ABOUT 25 DEGREES DOWNWARD ON A DOWN HILL SLOPE. A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS WERE REPORTED IN THE AREA OF THE ACCIDENT. DONNER PASS WAS REPORTED TO BE CLOSED AT 1800 DUE TO THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY. THE ACCIDENT SITE WAS LOCATED ABOUT 15 MILES SOUTH OF DONNER PASS.

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


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