NTSB Identification: DEN88LA129.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36951.
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 14, 1988 in RIFLE, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/08/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N2262E
Injuries: 1 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 STUDENT PLT WAS FLYING A X-COUNTRY TRAINING FLT. THE FLT WAS NOT ON THE PLANNED ROUTE. THE PLT FLEW INTO A BOX CANYON TOO NARROW TO COMPLETE A TURN AND COULD NOT CLIMB FAST ENOUGH TO CLEAR THE TERRAIN AT THE END OF THE CANYON. THE PILOT ATTEMPTED A TURN AND THE AIRPLANE STALLED. THE AIRPLANE STRUCK TREES AND FELL TO THE TERRAIN ABOUT 300 FEET BELOW THE CANYON RIDGE.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..BLIND/BOX CANYON


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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