NTSB Identification: LAX95LA094.
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Accident occurred Friday, February 03, 1995 in SEDONA, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/19/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N46874
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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THE AIRPORT UNICOM ADVISED THE PILOT THAT STRONG WINDS EXISTED AT THE AIRPORT WHICH IS SITUATED ON TOP OF A MESA. WHILE ON FINAL APPROACH, WITH THE FLAPS FULLY EXTENDED, THE FLIGHT ENCOUNTERED SEVERE DOWNDRAFTS. THE PILOT IMMEDIATELY RAISED THE FLAPS TO 20 DEGREES, APPLIED FULL POWER, AND THEN RAISED THE NOSE TO ATTAIN THE BEST ANGLE OF CLIMB AIRSPEED. THE AIRPLANE CONTINUED TO DESCEND UNTIL IT COLLIDED WITH THE TERRAIN. THE PILOT SAID THE AIRPLANE DID NOT EXPERIENCE ANY PREIMPACT MALFUNCTIONS OR FAILURES.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the pilot's improper compensation for the prevailing wind conditions, and his improper remedial action by raising the flaps before applying the power. The downdraft was a factor.

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