NTSB Identification: LAX83FA020
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 24, 1982 in VALLEJO, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/24/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N4583F
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.

AT 1830, THE PLT RECEIVED A WX BRIEFING FOR A FLT FROM FAIR OAKS TO SAN JOSE, CA WITH A PASSENGER PICKUP STOP AT SACRAMENTO, CA. DURING THE BRIEFING, HE WAS TOLD THAT HE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO MAKE IT IF HE TRAVELED BELOW 4000 FT MSL & LEFT WITHIN THE NEXT HR. HE FLEW TO SACRAMENTO & AFTER A PASSENGER PICKUP, HE TOOK OFF AT 1956 FOR SAN JOSE. ABOUT 30 MIN LATER, THE ACFT CRASHED, 43 MI WEST SOUTHWEST OF SACRAMENTO, WHILE ON A NORTHEASTLY HEADING AT AN ELEVATION OF 600 FT MSL. THE CRASH SITE WAS LOCATED ON RISING TERRAIN IN FOOT HILLS, APRX 32 MI TO THE RIGHT (WEST) OF A STRAIGHT LINE NAVIGATIONAL ROUTE BETWEEN SACRAMENTO & SAN JOSE. LOCAL RESIDENTS HEARD THE ACFT & SAW A FIRE FROM THE CRASH. THEY REPORTED THAT THE WX WAS POOR WITH LOW CLOUDS, RAIN, GUSTY WINDS & LIGHTNING. AN EXAM OF THE CRASH SITE REVEALED THAT THE ACFT IMPACTED IN A 60 TO 90 DEG RIGHT WING DOWN, SLIGHTLY NOSE LOW, ATTITUDE. NO PREIMPACT,MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE WAS FOUND.

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

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

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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