NTSB Identification: SEA88LA058.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35541.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 17, 1988 in GOLD BAR, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N4932H
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 INSTRUCTOR PILOT AND HIS DUAL STUDENT FLEW INTO A CANYON AREA. THE AIRCRAFT WAS ALLOWED TO FLY TOO CLOSE TO RISING TERRAIN WHICH THE AIRCRAFT WAS UNABLE TO OUTCLIMB. DURING A TURN TO REVERSE DIRECTION THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH TERRAIN. THE CFI STATED THAT THEY COULD HAVE STAYED OUT OF THE CANYON OR GONE IN AT A HIGHER ALT BUT THAT HE HAD BEEN THERE BEFORE UNDER SIMILIAR CIRCUMSTANCES AND CONSIDERED IT SAFE. ON THIS DAY, ACCORDING TO THE STATED REPORT, THE STUDENT PLT HAD TROUBLE HOLDING THE ACFT ON COURSE AND DRIFTED TOWARD RISING TERRAIN.

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

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN

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