NTSB Identification: LAX82FUJ32
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 16, 1982 in TUCSON, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/16/1983
Aircraft: BEECH 58, registration: N184VB
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 PLT DEPARTED PHOENIX AT 0045 FOR THE THIRD LEG OF A SIX LEG BANK RUN BETWEEN PHOENIX & TUCSON INTL ARPT. HE WAS IN CONTACT WITH THE PHOENIX TRACON DURING DEPARTURE & WAS RELEASED AT THE TOLTEC INTERSECTION (V16) AT 5,500 FT. THERE WAS NO FURTHER RADIO CONTACT WITH THE ACFT. BOTH TUCSON TRACON & TOWER WERE SHUT DOWN AFTER MIDNIGHT. THE ACFT OVERFLEW TUCSON INTL ARPT & IMPACTED A MOUNTAIN AT 5,200 FT MSL IN A SLIGHT NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE (2-3 DEG). A STRAIGHT LINE DRAWN FROM THE TOLTEC INTERSECTION THROUGH TUCSON INTL ARPT INTO THE SANTA RITA MOUNTAINS, SPECIFICALLY MT. FAGAN, WILL LOCATE THE APPROXIMATELY SITE OF THE CRASH. THE PLT WAS UP BY 0815 ON 3/15/82. LATER IN THE DAY HE FLEW ANOTHER BE-58 SORTIE (1630-1730) GIVING A PILOT CHECK-OUT FOR A COMMERCIAL OPERATOR. HE THEN RETURNED HOME FOR SUPPER & FINALLY REPORTED FOR NORMAL DUTY AT 2130.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FATIGUE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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