NTSB Identification: LAX93LA225.
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Accident occurred Monday, May 24, 1993 in PAGE, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/30/1994
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N734DB
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot received a check out in the Cessna 172 from a local FBO and scheduled the accident airplane for an all day trip to the Grand Canyon and back. The pilot spent several hours at the Grand Canyon during which time he fueled the airplane. The pilot departed the Grand Canyon airport at about 1500 hours. A short time later witnesses observed a fire on the cliffs on the south side of a plateau. A pilot in the area afterwards reported the weather was clear and very turbulent with southwest winds to 20 or 25 knots. The pilot said it was impossible to get close to the wreckage because of the winds and turbulence. SAR personnel reported that the aircraft collided with a sheer cliff wall in a near level flight attitude about 200 feet below the top of the plateau. A fire consumed the aircraft.

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

the pilot's selection of an inadequate cruise altitude. A factor in the accident was the high winds and turbulence in the vicinity of the cliffs.

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