NTSB Identification: FTW95FA349.
The docket is stored in the Docket Management System (DMS). Please contact Records Management Division
Accident occurred Monday, April 24, 1995 in TSAILE, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/14/1996
Aircraft: CESSNA 172D, registration: N2587Y
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE AIRPLANE DEPARTED PAGE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT, PAGE, ARIZONA, APPROXIMATELY 0845 FOR ADDISON, TEXAS, WITH PLANNED FUEL STOPS AT SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO AND PLAINVIEW, TEXAS. A FLIGHT PLAN WAS NOT FILED AND NO WEATHER BRIEFING RECEIVED. THE AIRCRAFT WRECKAGE WAS LOCATED BY A NAVAJO SHEPHERD SEVEN NM EAST NORTHEAST OF TSAILE, ARIZONA ON THE WESTERN SLOPE OF THE CHUSKA MOUNTAINS NEAR THE SUMMIT AT AN ELEVATION OF APPROXIMATELY 9,000 FEET. IT WAS ESTABLISHED THAT AT THE ALTITUDE DESCRIBED, THE AIRCRAFT WAS WITHIN THE DESIGNED PERFORMANCE LIMIT. AN ESTIMATE OF THE WEIGHT OF THE AIRPLANE AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT WAS 2,316 POUNDS. THE MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE GROSS WEIGHT OF THE AIRPLANE IS 2,300 POUNDS. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE DID NOT DISCLOSE ANY MECHANICAL ANOMALIES. THE FLIGHT CONTROL CABLES WERE VERIFIED FOR THEIR CONTINUITY FROM THE CONTROL SURFACES THROUGH THE CABIN AREA. THE ENGINE, AFTER REPLACING DAMAGED PARTS, RAN NORMALLY. THE PILOT HAD NO KNOWN MOUNTAIN FLYING EXPERIENCE, AND HIS LAST KNOWN BIENNIAL FLIGHT REVIEW WAS ON OCTOBER 1, 1991.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN TERRAIN CLEARANCE. FACTORS WERE THE PILOT'S LACK OF MOUNTAIN FLYING EXPERIENCE AND THE RISING TERRAIN.

Full narrative available

Index for Apr1995 | Index of months