NTSB Identification: LAX82FA240
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 02, 1982 in 37 NM NW. OF RE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/02/1983
Aircraft: BEECH V35B, registration: N23725
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.

DURING A WEATHER BRIEFING BEFORE TAKEOFF, THE PILOT WAS ADVISED OF FLIGHT PRECAUTIONS FOR TURBULENCE, IFR CONDITIONS, AND ICING. WHILE EN ROUTE AT 12,000 FT, THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE WAS PICKING UP RIME ICE. HE WAS CLEARED TO 11,000 AND THEN 10,000 FT. WHEN HE WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN THAT ALTITUDE, HE WAS ADVISED TO DESCEND FURTHER TO 9000 FT AND REVERSE COURSE. THE LAST COMMUNICATION WAS FROM A FEMALE STATING THEY WERE IN TROUBLE, LOSING AIRSPEED FAST, AND WERE GOING INTO THE MOUNTAINS. WITNESSES HEARD THE AIRCRAFT, THEN SAW IT COME OUT OF THE CLOUDS AND CRASH AT AN ELEVATION OF 3300 FT. ABOUT 20 TO 30 SECONDS AFTER THE PRIMARY IMPACT, THE LEFT V-TAIL STABILIZER FELL TO THE GROUND ABOUT 1000 FT FROM THE MAIN WRECKAGE. ALSO, THE RIGHT CABIN DOOR AND THE BAGGAGE DOOR WERE FOUND AWAY FROM THE MAIN WRECKAGE. AN EXAMINATION OF THE STABILIZER REVEALED IT HAD SEPARATED DOWNWARD. MOUNTAIN TOPS IN THE AREA WERE UP TO 6956 FT.

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

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

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

WING..ICE

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STABILIZER..OVERLOAD

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

DESIGN STRESS LIMITS OF AIRCRAFT..EXCEEDED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS

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