NTSB Identification: OAK78FA018
14 CFR Part 135 Nonscheduled operation of CHARTAIR
Aircraft: BEECH 58, registration: N4307W

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 FILE    DATE          LOCATION          AIRCRAFT DATA       INJURIES       FLIGHT                        PILOT DATA
                                                               F  S M/N     PURPOSE
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3-0653  78/2/18    GENOA PEAK,NV       BEECH 58            CR-  1  0  0  COMMERCIAL                AIRLINE TRANSPORT, AGE
        TIME - 0455                    N4307W              PX-  3  0  0  AIR TAXI-PASSG            35, 2906 TOTAL HOURS, 85
                                       DAMAGE-DESTROYED    OT-  0  0  0                            IN TYPE, INSTRUMENT
                                                                                                   RATED.
        DEPARTURE POINT             INTENDED DESTINATION
          LOS ANGELES,CA              LAKE TAHOE,CA
        TYPE OF ACCIDENT                                         PHASE OF OPERATION
           COLLISION WITH GROUND/WATER: CONTROLLED                  IN FLIGHT: DESCENDING
        PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
           PILOT IN COMMAND - IMPROPER IN-FLIGHT DECISIONS OR PLANNING
           PILOT IN COMMAND - CONTINUED VFR FLIGHT INTO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS
        FACTOR(S)
           WEATHER - LOW CEILING
        WEATHER BRIEFING - BRIEFED BY FLIGHT SERVICE PERSONNEL, BY PHONE
        WEATHER FORECAST - FORECAST SUBSTANTIALLY CORRECT
        SKY CONDITION                                            CEILING AT ACCIDENT SITE
          BROKEN                                                    3000
        VISIBILITY AT ACCIDENT SITE                              PRECIPITATION AT ACCIDENT SITE
          5 OR OVER(UNLIMITED)                                     NONE
        OBSTRUCTIONS TO VISION AT ACCIDENT SITE                  TEMPERATURE-F
          NONE                                                      31
        WIND DIRECTION-DEGREES                                   WIND VELOCITY-KNOTS
          170                                                       3
        TYPE OF WEATHER CONDITIONS                               TYPE OF FLIGHT PLAN
          VFR                                                      NONE
        REMARKS- TOPS OF MOUNTAINS OBSCURED.RADAR PLOT SHOWED ACFT CIRCLING IN AREA OVER 12MIN.RECOVERED 2/19/78.

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