NTSB Identification: NYC83FA005
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 08, 1982 in SANBORNTON, NH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/08/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N9535C
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 PLT WAS ADVISED DURING HIS WX BRIEFING THAT VFR FLT WAS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR HIS PROPOSED ROUTE OF FLT AND DESTINATION. THE PLT, WHOSE BUSINESS CONCERN WAS IN THE GLENS FALLS AREA, COMMUTED ALMOST DAILY TO HIS HOME IN GILFORD, NH. THE WRECKAGE WAS LOCATED AT ABOUT THE 1250 FT LEVEL ON THE WEST SIDE OF A 1315 FT HILL. THE WRECKAGE SITE WAS LOCATED SLIGHTLY NORTH OF THE RWY 8 LOCALIZER COURSE, ABOUT 1/2 MI WEST OF THE FINAL APPROACH FIX. NO APPROACH PLATES WERE FOUND IN THE ACFT.

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:

IFR PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MINIMUM DESCENT ALTITUDE..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY



Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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