NTSB Identification: LAX90LA273.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42987.
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 01, 1990 in MAMMOTH LAKES, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/08/1992
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N51872
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 CERTIFICATED COMMERCIAL PILOT, THE SOLE OCCCUPANT, WAS TAXIING TO THE AIRPORT RAMP AFTER LANDING AND NOTICED TUMBLEWEEDS AND DEBRIS BEING BLOWN IN THE DIRECTION OF HIS AIRPLANE. THE PILOT STOPPED THE AIRPLANE AND A FEW SECONDS LATER, THE AIRPLANE WAS STRUCK BY HIGH VELOCITY WINDS. THE AIRPLANE WAS LIFTED UP AND INVERTED. THE PILOT WAS NOT INJURED. THUNDERSTORMS AND VIRGA WERE REPORTED IN THE AREA.

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

INADVERTENT ENCOUNTER WITH HIGH VELOCITY WINDS.

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