NTSB Identification: SEA94FA004.
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Accident occurred Sunday, October 03, 1993 in HEBER CITY, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/20/1994
Aircraft: CESSNA 182P, registration: N50TH
Injuries: 1 Fatal,3 Serious.

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 PILOT ENTERED A BOX CANYON WHILE GIVING A SCENIC RIDE TO RELATIVES. THE AIRCRAFT HAD INSUFFICIENT PERFORMANCE TO OUTCLIMB THE CANYON GRADIENT. THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO ADJUST THE POWER, AND THEN ADVISED HIS PASSENGERS THAT THEY WERE GOING DOWN. THE AIRCRAFT BURNED AFTER CRASHING ON A STEEP SLOPE, AND STARTED A FOREST FIRE. THE PASSENGERS SUSTAINED SERIOUS BURNS WHILE ATTEMPTING TO ESCAPE. ONE PASSENGER WAS TRAPPED IN THE FIRE UNTIL HIS SEAT BELT BURNED THROUGH. NO EVIDENCE OF MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS WAS FOUND DURING THE INVESTIGATION. THE AIRCRAFT WAS AT OR NEAR GROSS WEIGHT AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH.

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

THE PILOT'S IMPROPER INFLIGHT DECISIONS AND FAILURE TO MAINTAIN PROPER ALTITUDE. FACTORS INCLUDE THE BOX CANYON.

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