NTSB Identification: LAX92LA228.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 47841.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 31, 1992 in STRAWBERRY, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/26/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 172RG, registration: N9645B
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 INDICATED TO A FRIEND THAT HE PLANNED TO END HIS LIFE. THE PILOT WAS REPORTEDLY EMOTIONALLY UPSET AND DEPRESSED BECAUSE OF A RECENTLY DETERIORATED CLOSE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP AND EMPLOYMENT DIFFICULTIES. THE PILOT WAS REPORTED TO HAVE RECENTLY OBTAINED A NEW LIFE INSURANCE POLICY. THE PILOT RENTED A FLYING CLUB AIRPLANE AND TOOK OFF WITHOUT MISHAP. NO EN ROUTE COMMUNICATIONS OR SERVICES WERE REQUESTED OR PROVIDED TO THE PILOT, AND HE DEPARTED THE AREA. TWO DAYS LATER THE MISSING AIRPLANE WAS LOCATED. IT WAS FOUND TO HAVE DESCENDED INTO ESTIMATED 40 DEGREE UP SLOPING, ROCKY, MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. THE AIRPLANE FRAGMENTED UPON IMPACT; THE CRASH WAS NOT SURVIVABLE. A HANDWRITTEN NOTE WAS FOUND IN PLAIN VIEW AT THE PILOT'S RESIDENCE. IN PART, THE NOTE STATED 'GOOD BYE, GOOD BYE...'
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE PILOT COMMITTED SUICIDE DUE TO THE PILOT'S EMOTIONAL STATE FROM INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS.
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