NTSB Identification: NYC82FA237
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 26, 1982 in BERKELEY SPRING, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/26/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-R-300, registration: N8690E
Injuries: 5 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.

WHILE EN ROUTE, THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH THE SIDE OF A MOUNTAIN DURING LEVEL FLIGHT AT ABOUT 2000 FT MSL. THE IMPACT OCCURRED WHERE THE TERRAIN SLOPED UPWARD AT ABOUT A 45 DEG ANGLE. PRIOR TO TAKEOFF, THE PILOT WAS ADVISED OF MARGINAL VFR CONDITIONS AND POSSIBLE OBSCURATION OF THE MOUNTAIN TOPS. VFR FLIGHT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED.

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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