NTSB Identification: DEN88GA185.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37676.
Accident occurred Friday, August 12, 1988 in GEORGETOWN, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/07/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 182R, registration: N9545H
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

: 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 public aircraft accident report.

N9545H, REGISTERED TO THE STATE OF COLORADO, CIVIL AIR PATROL, WAS DISPATCHED ON A SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSION IN A MOUNTAINOUS AREA NEAR GEORGETOWN, COLORADO. THE PLT ENCOUNTERED UNFAVORABLE WINDS WHILE FLYING IN THE SEARCH AREA. THE PAX SAID THAT HE COULD FEEL THE ACFT SETTLING JUST BEFORE THE ACFT STRUCK SOME TREES ON THE LEFT SIDE OF A MOUNTAIN RIDGE. A PASSENGER REPORTED THAT THE PLT SAID, 'I DON'T LIKE THE FEEL OF THIS'. A PARAMEDIC SAID THE PASSENGER ALSO RELATED THAT THEY HAD 'HIT A DOWNDRAFT'. A HELICOPTER PLT FLYING IN THE AREA SAID THAT THE WINDS WERE NOT CONDUCIVE FOR FIXED WING FLTS, ESPECIALLY IN THE TRENCHES. THE BROKEN TREES INDICATED A DESCENT ANGLE OF 45 DEGREES. THE DISTANCE FROM 1ST TREE STRIKE TO THE MAIN WRECKAGE WAS 62 FT. THE ACFT CAME TO REST ON ITS NOSE. THE TERRAIN ELEVATION WAS ABOUT 10600 FT MSL.

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT

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