NTSB Identification: WPR11FA230
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in Pioneer, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/09/2014
Aircraft: CAMERON LANCAIR LEGACY, registration: N121J
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.
During the personal flight, the airplane impacted mountainous terrain. The witness marks and debris field were consistent with an in-flight collision with trees and terrain. Weather information available for the time of the accident showed suspended precipitation and/or instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) near the accident site and the potential for icing in the accident area. The airplane’s altitude could not be identified on radar; therefore, it could not be determined whether the airplane was flying in frozen, liquid, or a mixed-phase of precipitation at the time of the accident. Postaccident examination of the airframe and engine revealed no mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. The airplane likely impacted terrain due to the pilot’s decision to continue flight into IMC at an insufficient altitude to clear terrain.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot’s continued flight into instrument meteorological conditions at an insufficient altitude to clear terrain.
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