NTSB Identification: LAX82FA346
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 18, 1982 in BELDON, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/18/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 182P, registration: N20726
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.

PORTIONS OF THE ACFT'S RIGHT WING WERE LOCATED NORTH OF HIGHWAY 70 IN REMOTE RUGGED MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN NEAR BELDEN, CA.THE REMAINDER OF THE WRECKAGE WAS LOCATED ABOUT 2 MI SOUTH OF THE HIGHWAY ON THE EAST SIDE OF FERN CREEK CANYON AT AN ELEVATION OF ABOUT 5,000 FT. A WX STUDY PREPARED BY NTSB INDICATED THAT WX CONDITIONS OVER NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WAS CHARACTERIZED BY OVERCAST SKIES & RAIN SHOWERS. ALSO LIGHT TO OCCASIONALLY MODERATE RAIN SHOWERS THROUGHOUT THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY & WESTERN SIERRA MOUNTAINS. FORECASTS WERE FOR THE MOUNTAINS TO BE GENERALLY OBSCURED ALONG THE ACFT'S ROUTE OF FLT.

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

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

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPATIAL DISORIENTATION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..OBSCURATION


Contributing Factors

WING..OVERLOAD


Contributing Factors

WING..FAILURE,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

WING..SEPARATION

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