NTSB Identification: LAX82FA134
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 10, 1982 in LAKE HUGHES, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/10/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 182M, registration: N70939
Injuries: 3 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 REQUESTED THE EN ROUTE WEATHER CONDITIONS AT 1545, 1625, 1732 AND 2150 PST FROM THE BAKERSFIELD FSS. THE PILOT WAS INFORMED, ON EACH OCCASION, THAT VFR FLIGHT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED; HOWEVER, AT 2213 THE PILOT DEPARTED BAKERSFIELD. NO FLIGHT PLAN WAS FILED AND THERE WERE NO RADIO COMMUNICAITONS WITH THE AIRCRAFT AFTER DEPARTURE. THE AIRCRAFT WRECKAGE WAS LOCATED 48 MILES FROM THE DEPARTURE POINT AT THE 4500 FOOT LEVEL OF A RIDGELINE. INVESTIGATIONREVEALED THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE PILOT'S ROUTE OF FLIGHT WAS FOR MOUNTAIN TERRAIN OBSCURATION AND THUNDERSTORMS.

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION

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

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

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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