NTSB Identification: FTW83FA054
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, December 06, 1982 in MIDLAND, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/06/1983
Aircraft: BEECH A36, registration: N767T
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.

WHEN THE PLT FILED HIS VFR FLT PLAN HE WAS OBSERVED USING AN IFR ENROUTE CHART. ABOUT 7 MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF THE PLT REQUESTED A FREQUENCY TO CALL FOR A CLEARANCE TO CLIMB ON TOP OF THE OVERCAST. APPROXIMATELY 5 MINUTES LATER, AS THE PLT WAS GIVING HIS POSITION, THE ACFT STRUCK A MOUNTAIN 250 FT BELOW THE PEAK. AT THE TIME OF IMPACT THE ACFT WAS IN A WINGS LEVEL, SLIGHT CLIMB ATTITUDE. A DEPARTING CORPORATE FLIGHT WAS SENT TO THE AREA IN AN ATTEMPT TO LOCATE THE WRECKAGE & REPORTED THAT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN & THE ACCIDENT SITE WERE IN THE CLOUDS. THERE WERE NO VFR CHARTS FOUND IN THE WRECKAGE & THE PLT WAS UNFAMILIAR WITH THE MOUNTAINOUS AREA SOUTH OF FORT SMITH.

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

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


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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