NTSB Identification: LAX82FVW04
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 26, 1982 in PANACA, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/26/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-250, registration: N14168
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 PLT ENCOUNTERED THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY AT 1900. THE LEFT FUEL GAUGE WAS INOP & HE HAD NO COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT. THERE WAS ONLY ONE NAV RECEIVER OPERATIVE, NO INSTRUMENT LIGHTS OR SLAVED DG AVAILABLE. AS IT BECAME DARKER HE WAS UNABLE TO SEE THE INSTRUMENT PANEL. HE NOTICED THE 10 AMP C/B HAD POPPED. DURING THE PRECAUTIONARY LANDING AT LINCOLN COUNTY ARPT HE WAS UNABLE TO ACTIVATE THE RWY LIGHTS BECAUSE HE HAD NO RADIO TRANSMITTER. SINCE HE HAD NO ELECTRICAL POWER HE WAS UNABLE TO USE THE LANDING LIGHT. HE MADE THE FIRST APPROACH ATTEMPT FROM NORTH TO SOUTH. HE THEN MADE THE LAST APPROACH ATTEMPT FROM THE SOUTH TO THE NORTH. THE ACFT STRUCK ROLLING TERRAIN APPROXIMATELY 1 MI SOUTH OF THE RWY. A LAB EVALUATION OF BOTH VOLTAGE REGULATORS SHOWED THEM TO OPERATE WITHIN THE MANUFACTURER'S RATED PERFORMANCE.

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:

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HAIL


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM..FAILURE,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM..UNDETERMINED


Contributing Factors

ENGINE INSTRUMENTS,FUEL QUANTITY GAGE..INOPERATIVE


Contributing Factors

COMM/NAV EQUIPMENT..INOPERATIVE


Contributing Factors

FLIGHT/NAV INSTRUMENTS,DIRECTIONAL GYRO..INOPERATIVE


Contributing Factors

INSTRUMENT LIGHT(S)..INOPERATIVE



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

LANDING LIGHT(S)..INOPERATIVE


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY EDGE LIGHTS..NOT OPERATING


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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