NTSB Identification: LAX83FA050
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 24, 1982 in WILLIAMS, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/24/1983
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-30A, registration: N14748
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.

THE ORIGINAL DEPARTURE POINT WAS CAMARILLO, CA. BEFORE DEPARTING CAMARILLO, THE PILOT OBTAINED A WEATHER BRIEFING FOR A FLIGHT TO FLAGSTAFF, AZ. AT ABOUT THAT TIME, THE FLAGSTAFF WEATHER WAS, IN PART: ZERO CEILING, 1/16 MI VISIBILITY.THE PILOT WAS WARNED OF OCCASIONAL LIGHT RIME ICING ABOVE THE FREEZING LEVEL IN CALIFORNIA AND MARGINAL VFR CONDITIONS BEYOND THE CALIFORNIA BORDER. THE PILOT DEPARTED CAMARILLO AT ABOUT 1600 MST AND MADE A REFUELING STOP AT KINGMAN, AZ. BEFORE DEPARTING KINGMAN, HE REPORTED THAT HE WOULD BE FOLLOWING THE HIGHWAY. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE PLANE COLLIDED WITH HIGH TERRAIN AT NIGHT AT AN ELEVATION OF 7000 FT, JUST NORTH OF U.S. HIGHWAY 140, WHILE ON A WESTERLY HEADING. ACCORDING TO AN NTSB REPORT, THE CLOUD LEVEL WOULD HAVE BEEN AT ABOUT 5000 TO 6000 FT IN THAT VICINITY AND THE FREEZING LEVEL WOULD HAVE BEEN AT 7000 FT. MIXED ICING CONDITIONS WERE PROBABLE FROM 7000 TO 16000 FT MSL.

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

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..ICING CONDITIONS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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