NTSB Identification: LAX82FVD13
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 21, 1982 in HEARST, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/21/1983
Aircraft: BEECH A36TC, registration: N667WT
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.

ABOUT 26 MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF, THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN AT NIGHT. THE CRASH SITE WAS LOCATED ABOUT EIGHT MILES EAST OF THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT AND WAS AT AN ELEVATION OF ABOUT 2000 FT MSL. DURING IMPACT IT STRUCK TREES AND A 20 DEGREE SLOPE WHILE ON A WESTERLY HEADING. A WITNESS STATED THAT HE HEARD AND OBSERVED THE AIRCRAFT FLY OVER HIS RESIDENCE AND THEN CRASH ABOUT ONE MINUTE LATER. HE STATED THAT WHEN THE AIRCRAFT FLEW OVER HIS POSITION, THE ENGINE WAS SPUTTERING AS IF IT WAS OUT OF GAS, AND THEN IT QUIT RUNNING ALTOGETHER. THE AIRCRAFT AND THE ENGINE WERE BADLY DEMOLISHED DURING IMPACT.

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

MISCELLANEOUS..UNDETERMINED


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN

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