So I was flying a Cessna Citation X over southern Cali, and the weather was both extremely turbulent, and cloudy. As in visibility was almost nill, heading from KLAX to KEDW. There was no ATC for most of the trip, except out of KLAX, but there was no center at the time so really, I was out of range. I began to get bored and started thinking ‘to hell with Edwards, I just want to land.’ And, as if by magic, suddenly I hear the controller for Palm Springs that had just come on, requesting contact. So I switched to their frequency, no problem. “Northsky (that was my callsign at the time) Say intentions.”
“Northsky is four nautical miles west of palm springs, requesting radar vectors to Edwards Air Force Base.”
I was smiling, finally, I would have something to do other than just sit there until edwards,
“Northsky, turn left on a heading 350, descend and maintain flight level 4,000.”
Cool, I got my vectors and i am turning and descending, with gear out, spoilers deployed and flaps full since I was in full cruise at 15,000. Eventually i make it down to four thousand and I retract my gear, flaps, and spoilers, and return to 200Kts.
Then, out of nowhere, I see a looming gray shadow come out of the haze, and I crash straight into the side of a mountain, because I was so anxious to get down, I didnt even realize that the controller (who I admit, was probably doing their best) Put me at a dangerous flight level for the airspace I was in, and put me into the side of a mountain range. good stuff.