NTSB Identification: LAX83FUJ07
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 14, 1982 in TUCSON, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/14/1983
Aircraft: BEECH K35, registration: N6085E
Injuries: 1 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 ACFT CRASHED INTO RISING TERRAIN LEFT WING TIP FIRST. THE PILOT HAD MADE A RADIO CALL SAYING HE WAS LANDING DUE TO SMOKE IN THE COCKPIT AT 1517 MST. AT 1523 MST THE ACFT CRASHED OFF ARPT ON AN UPSLOPE WITH A 30 DEGREE INCLINE. EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE DID NOT INDICATE ANY IN FLT BREAKUP OF THE ACFT STRUCTURE. NO EVIDENCE OF MALFUNCTION WAS NOTED IN THE EXHAUST SYSTEM OR HEAT SHROUDS WHICH MIGHT HAVE PRODUCED SMOKE. SEVERITY OF THE IMPACT MADE THIS A NON SURVIVABLE ACCIDENT. THE DRUGS THAT THE PILOT WAS TAKING CHRONICALLY WOULD HAVE AN EFFECT SIMILIAR TO ALCOHOL; NAMELY CONFUSION, LETHARGY, INATTENTION ETC. THE PILOT IN THE 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT TOOK AN UNKNOWN AMOUNT OF MEDICATION HIS DRUG LEVEL INDICATES HE WAS TAKING IT CHRONICALLY AND IN LARGER THAN NORMALLY PRESCRIBED DOSES.

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

JUDGMENT..INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IMPAIRMENT(DRUGS)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER DESCENT RATE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

SPIRAL..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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