NTSB Identification: LAX82FA231
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 13, 1982 in TRUCKEE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/13/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N42488
Injuries: 2 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.

AT APRX 2015 PDT ON 6/13/82, THE ACFT DEPARTED PETALUMA, CA ON A NGT, VFR, X-COUNTRY FLT TO RIVERTON, WY. AN EN ROUTE STOP WAS PLANNED FOR ELCO, NV. NO RECORDS WERE FND OF A WX BRIEFING OR FLT PLAN. THE ACFT WAS DECLARED OVERDUE ON 6/16/82 & THE WRECKAGE WAS FND ON 6/22/82 ON A MTN RIDGE AT AN ELEV OF APRX 7500 FT. AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE ACFT HAD IMPACTED IN A STEEP NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE. THE WRECKAGE WAS DISBURSED OVR A SMALL AREA SURROUNDING THE IMPACT PT. THE FUSELAGE, ENG & WINGS WERE DESTROYED BY IMPACT, BUT THE EMPENNAGE REMAINED INTACT. THE TIPS OF THE PROP WERE SHATTERED & CHORDWISE SCORING & LEADING EDGE GOUGES WERE FND ON THE BLADES. THE ESTIMATED TIME OF IMPACT WAS AT 2128 PDT ON A DARK NGT. NO SIGNIFICANT WX CONDS WERE RPRTD. NO PREIMPACT, MECHANICAL DISCREPANCIES WERE FND. THE PLT'S MEDICAL CERTIFICATE REQUIRED THAT HE WEAR CORRECTIVE LENSES & IT WAS NOT VALID FOR NGT FLT OR FOR FLT BY COLOR SIGNAL CONTROL. TWO PAIRS OF SUNGLASSES (IN CASES) WERE FND IN THE WRECKAGE, BUT NONE WERE FND TO HAVE BEEN WORN BY THE PLT.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

QUALIFICATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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