Aircraft Incident/Accident Report

Chickaloon, Alaska 99673
Sunday, August 8, 2010 13:05 AKD

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The non-instrument-rated pilot stated that he departed the airport in visual flight rules conditions, with various cloud layers throughout the area. As he climbed toward the snowfields at the top of a glacier, the clouds rapidly filled in underneath and built up around the airplane as he attempted to climb above them. He could not maintain sight of the ground and entered instrument meteorological conditions. The airplane had slowed to about 70 knots and he was making a wings-level rudder turn when the airplane impacted the glacier. The pilot said there were no preimpact mechanical problems with the airplane. He reported the wings and fuselage were damaged during the impact.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot's continued visual flight into instrument meteorological conditions, resulting in an in-flight collision with terrain.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date8/8/2010 
Event Day of the WeekSunday 
Time of Event1305 
Event Time Zone-- 
Event CityChickaloon 
Event StateALASKA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site99673 
Event Date Year2010 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude612224N 
Event Location Longitude1475011W 
Event Location Airport-- 
Event Location Nearest Airport ID-- 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOff Airport/Airstrip 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation-- 
Weather Briefing Completeness-- 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1253 Atlantic Daylight Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)270 
Weather Observation Facility IDPAAQ 
Elevation of weather observation facility242 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)40 
Time Zone of the weather observationADT 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height9800 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height2000 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsScattered 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingBroken 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)17 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)11 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)-- 
Variable Wind IndicatorVariable 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29.8 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryMinor 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries-- 
On Ground, Minor Injuries-- 
On Ground, Serious Injuries-- 
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor
Injury Total None
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)27937 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA Anchorage, ROC  
NTSB Notification Date-- 
NTSB Notification Time-- 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket information-- 
Date of most recent change to recordNov 5 2010 6:08PM 
User who most recently changed recordstam 
Basic weather conditionsInstrument Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN3432W 
NTSB NumberANC10LA071 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NamePIPER 
Aircraft ModelPA-32-260 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number32-329 
Certified Max Gross Weight3400 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration Class-- 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionJul 20 2010 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection-- 
Airframe Hours3614 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT TypeC91-A 
Aircraft Owner NameERBEY ROLAND 
Aircraft Owner Street Address-- 
Aircraft Owner CityPALMER 
Aircraft Owner StateAK 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode99645 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator NameDonald Erbey 
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street Address-- 
Operator CityWasilla 
Operator StateAK 
Operator CountryUSA  
Operator Zip code99654 
Operator Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodePAAQ 
Departure CityPalmer 
Departure StateAK 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time1230 
Departure Time ZoneADT 
Destination Same as Local Fltdest & departure same, accident can occur anywhere 
Destination Airport CodePAAQ 
Destination CityPalmer 
Destination StateAK 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of Flight-- 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordNov 5 2010 6:08PM 
User who most recently changed recordstam 
Since inspection or accidentTime of Accident 
Event Location Runway Number and LocationN/A 
Runway Length-- 
Runway Width-- 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--