NTSB Identification: LAX82FA088
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 28, 1982 in VERDI, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA T21OL, registration: N93338
Injuries: 6 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.

PRIOR TO THE ACFT'S DEPARTURE FROM TRUCKEE-TAHOE ARPT, AN INBOUND PLT RECOMMENDED VIA RADIO THAT THE FLT NOT GO BECAUSE HE HAD JUST FLOWN THRU THE DONNER PASS & THE WX WAS TERRIBLE. HE REPORTED THE WIND 25-35K, GUSTING 40-45K. THE FLT RECEIVED A WX BRIEFING WHICH INCLUDED PIREPS, AREA FORECASTS & SIGMETS CONTAINING MODERATE TO SEVERE TURBULENCE. THE FLT DEPARTED TRUCKEE AT APRX 1800 & AT 1818 ESTIMATED THEIR POSITION 20 MI NORTH OF TRUCKEE AT AN ALTITUDE OF 9,000 FT. AT 1826 ATC ADVISED THE FLT THAT THEY STILL WERE NOT PICKING HIM UP ON RADAR & FOR HIM TO PROCEED TO INTECEPT V6N AIRWAY. AT 1835 THE FLT REPORTED UPON REQUEST THEY HAD NOT YET PASSED TRUCKEE INTERSECTION. AT 1837:20 THE FLIGHT REPORTED THEY WERE GOING TO TURN & TRY TO MAKE IT BACK TO RENO. AT 1837:38 THE FLT TRANSMITTED A MAYDAY. THE ACFT CRASHED ABOUT 4 MI NORTH OF VERDI ON A SLOPE OF PEARVINE MOUNTAIN.

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:

WEATHER EVALUATION..DELAYED..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

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PRESSURE INDUCED BY OTHERS..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND






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