NTSB Identification: FTW83FA298
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 02, 1982 in CANJILON, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/02/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-200T, registration: N8096D
Injuries: 4 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.

PRIOR TO DEPARTING HELENA, MT AT 1209, THE PLT RECEIVED A WX BRIEFING FROM THE GREAT FALLS FSS. THE DFW 021240Z AREA FORECAST, VALID UNTIL 0700Z ON 11/3/82, WAS NOT AVAILABLE. THE FSS BRIEFER MADE THIS DEFICIENCY KNOWN TO THE PLT & RECOMMENDED THAT HE RECEIVE ANOTHER BRIEFING DURING HIS REFUELING STOP IN THE SALT LAKE CITY AREA. THE FORECAST CALLED FOR CLOUDS 7000-10000 FT WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS & SNOW SHOWERS OVER NW NMEX SPREADING EASTWARD OVER THE STATE DURING THEAFTERNOON. MOUNTAIN TOPS WOULD BE LOCALLY OBSCURED ABOVE 6000 FT. AIRMET XRAY 1 WAS IN EFFECT FOR THE AREA IN QUESTION CALLING FOR TERRAIN OBSCURATION IN CLOUDS ABOVE 6000 FT & PRECIPITATION WITH FREQUENT RIME ICING BETWEEN 8000 FT & 1400 FT MSL. THE FLT ARRIVED IN OGDEN, UT ABOUT 1400 & SUBSEQUENTLY DEPARTED 1500-1530. THERE IS NO RECORD THAT THE PLT REQUESTED ANOTHER WX BRIEFING. THE ACFT IMPACTED TREES ON THE NE SLOPE OF CANJILON PEAK AT THE 10,481 FT LEVEL. THE WX INFO ON THE PREVIOUS PAGE WAS THE 1852 OBSERVATION AT FARMINGTON, NM LOCATED 100 MI WEST OF THE ACCIDENT SITE.

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

WEATHER FORECAST..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT OBTAINED..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:

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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