NTSB Identification: LAX00FA207.
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Accident occurred Saturday, May 27, 2000 in PRESCOTT, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/17/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 172RG, registration: N5207U
Injuries: 2 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 airplane collided with the high desert terrain during maneuvering flight while on a dual instructional flight. The accident site elevation was 4,400 feet mean sea level (msl). The instructor and dual commercial student were scheduled to practice commercial maneuvers, a simulated emergency approach and landing, and system/equipment malfunctions. Radar data depicted the airplane was operated in the prescribed practice area, conducting flight maneuvers. The radar data also indicated that the airplane's maximum altitude was 8,200 feet msl and its lowest altitude was 6,500 feet msl, the minimum altitude observed by the radar. The flight was not in radio contact with any ground facility. At the accident site, the landing gear was found in the extended position, and the flaps were found fully retracted. Damage to the propeller indicated it was rotating at the time of impact. Observed evidence at the accident site indicated the airplane impacted with a high descent rate and low forward velocity, in a slight left wing down, and nose down attitude. No mechanical anomalies were found with the airplane. Traces of antihistamine, ephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine were found in the blood during the toxicology examination of the flight instructor.

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

The flight instructor's delayed remedial action, and his failure to correct an inappropriate descent during maneuvering flight, while engaged in commercial flight training maneuvers.

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