NTSB Identification: DEN83FA133
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, November 08, 1982 in ORDERVILLE, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/08/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 182A, registration: N5149D
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 ACFT CRASHED IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN ON A X-COUNTRY IN BAD WEATHER. THE PLT HAD RECEIVED A WEATHER BRIEFING WHICH HADINCLUDED THE CAUTION THAT VFR FLT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED. ALSO THE ACFT HAD NO RADIO SO THE PLT TOLD THE BRIEFER TO ASSUME HIM OFF AT 1330 HOURS. THE PLT HAD FLOWN THE PROPOSED ROUTE MANY TIMES. THIS TIME THE ACFT WAS REPORTED AS MISSING WHEN IT FAILED TO ARRIVE AT DESTINATION. THE ACFT WAS NOT FOUND UNTIL 6/4/83. THE ACFT HAD IMPACTED THE MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN IN A WINGS LEVEL 70 DEGREE NOSE LOW ATTITUDE AT HIGH SPEED. IT MADE A CRATER ABOUT 3 FT DEEP. A FAST MOVING FRONT HAD MOVED THROUGH THAT AREA ON THE ACCIDENT DAY AT ABOUT THE PRESUMED TIME OF THE ACCIDENT ACCORDING TO THE DEPUTY SHERIFF WHO IS ALSO A PRIVATE PLT. ABOUT 1/2 INCH OF SNOW FELL IN A SHORT TIME AND IT DID NOT MELT ACCORDING TO THE SHERIFF.

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

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

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

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..CONTINUED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED

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