NTSB Identification: FTW92FA201.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 47241.
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 04, 1992 in BRECKENRIDGE, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/30/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N63930
Injuries: 1 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 PILOT WAS MANEUVERING ALONG THE PIPELINE ATTEMPTING TO LOCATE WHAT HE HAD THOUGHT WAS A POSSIBLE LEAK. HE MADE SEVERAL ATTEMPTS TO LOCATE THE LEAK AND FINALLY RADIOED TO THE REPAIR CREWS ON THE GROUND TO GO TO THEIR NEXT JOB. A WITNESS REPORTED THAT THE AIRPLANE CIRCLED SEVERAL TIMES AND FLEW LOWER EACH TIME. DURING THE LAST PASS, THE AIRPLANE WAS BELOW THE TREE LINE AND MADE A CLIMBING LEFT TURN WITH AN 'ACUTE ANGLE UP' JUST PRIOR TO THE DESCENT TO IMPACT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: AN INADVERTENT STALL.
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