NTSB Identification: DEN74AD040
14 CFR Part 91 General Aviation
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34, registration: N4980T

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 FILE    DATE          LOCATION          AIRCRAFT DATA       INJURIES       FLIGHT                        PILOT DATA
                                                               F  S M/N     PURPOSE
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3-0830  74/2/17    TAOS,N MEX          PIPER PA-34         CR-  1  0  0  NONCOMMERCIAL             COMMERCIAL, FL.INSTR.,
        TIME - 2245                    N4980T              PX-  0  0  0  PLEASURE/PERSONAL TRANSP  AGE 36, 1599 TOTAL HOURS,
                                       DAMAGE-DESTROYED    OT-  0  0  0                            323 IN TYPE, INSTRUMENT
                                                                                                   RATED.
        NAME OF AIRPORT - TAOS MUNICIPAL
        DEPARTURE POINT             INTENDED DESTINATION
          SAN ANTONIO,TEX             TAOS,N MEX
        TYPE OF ACCIDENT                                         PHASE OF OPERATION
           COLLISION WITH GROUND/WATER: CONTROLLED                  IN FLIGHT: NORMAL CRUISE
        PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
           PILOT IN COMMAND - CONTINUED VFR FLIGHT INTO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS
           PILOT IN COMMAND - MISJUDGED ALTITUDE
           MISCELLANEOUS ACTS,CONDITIONS - INSTRUMENTS-MISREAD OR FAILED TO READ
        FACTOR(S)
           WEATHER - SNOW
        WEATHER BRIEFING - BRIEFED BY FLIGHT SERVICE PERSONNEL, BY PHONE
        WEATHER FORECAST - FORECAST SUBSTANTIALLY CORRECT
        MISSING AIRCRAFT - LATER RECOVERED
        SKY CONDITION                                            CEILING AT ACCIDENT SITE
          OVERCAST                                                  3300
        VISIBILITY AT ACCIDENT SITE                              PRECIPITATION AT ACCIDENT SITE
          5 OR OVER(UNLIMITED)                                     SNOW SHOWERS
        OBSTRUCTIONS TO VISION AT ACCIDENT SITE                  WIND DIRECTION-DEGREES
          NONE                                                     350
        WIND VELOCITY-KNOTS                                      TYPE OF WEATHER CONDITIONS
           9                                                       VFR
        TYPE OF FLIGHT PLAN
          VFR
        REMARKS- SHOULDER HARNESS NOT USED.RCVRD 2/20/74.

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