NTSB Identification: LAX82FXQ05
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, March 14, 1982 in ELKO, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/14/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-201, registration: N2105M
Injuries: 2 Minor.
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 STATED THAT THE ENGINE QUIT PRODUCING POWER AND THE PLANE CRASHED IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. A TEARDOWN OF THE ENGINE REVEALED NO PREIMPACT FAILURE. THE INITIAL IMPACT OCCURRED WITH A TREE AT AN ELEVATION OF ABOUT 7000 FT MSL. A PIECE OF THE RIGHT WING TIP WAS FOUND NEAR THE INITIAL IMPACT POINT. THE TRAILING EDGE OF THE LEFT WING STRUCK THE BASE OF A SECOND TREE AFTER THE PLANE TRAVELED ABOUT 270 FT DOWN A 20 TO 25 DEGREE SLOPE. THE PLANE CAME TO REST AFTER TRAVELING ANOTHER 135 FT DOWN A 10 DEGREE SLOPE. THE NEAREST OFFICIAL WEATHER OBSERVATION WAS AT ELKO, NEVADA WHICH WAS ABOUT 16 MILES NORTHEAST OF THE CRASH SITE. THE 1153 AND 1254 MST WEATHER OBSERVATIONS WERE: ESTIMATED 800 FT BROKEN, 1200 FT BROKEN, 5500 OVERCAST WITH 10 MILES VISIBILITY. THE ELEVATION OF THE ELKO MUNICIPAL AIRPORT IS 5135 FT MSL.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:MISCELLANEOUS..UNDETERMINED
WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING
TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN
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