NTSB Identification: DEN93LA105.
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Accident occurred Saturday, August 28, 1993 in SANTA FE, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/02/1994
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N65655
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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WHILE MANEUVERING AT 11,500 FEET MSL IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN, THE PILOT DESCENDED BELOW THE RIDGE LINE INTO A VALLEY. WHEN HE REALIZED THERE WAS NO ESCAPE ROUTE, HE INTENTIONALLY STALLED THE AIRCRAFT INTO TREES.

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

IMPROPER PLANNING AND DECISION MAKING BY THE PILOT IN COMMAND IN DESCENDING INTO A VALLEY AT AN ALTITUDE PROVIDING NO ESCAPE ROUTE IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN.

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