NTSB Identification: DEN88LA172.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37049.
Accident occurred Thursday, August 04, 1988 in GUFFEY, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/11/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N182VR
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 PRIVATE PLT AND A FRIEND DEPARTED ON A X-COUNTRY FLT. WX AT DEPARTURE POINT WAS VFR BUT 10 MILES NORTH, THE FLT ENCOUNTERED LOW CLOUDS AND FOG. THE FLT CONTINUED INTO IFR CONDITIONS FOR 10 MILES. THE PLT SAID HE MADE A TURN TO REVERSE COURSE AND ELECTED TO LAND IN A ROCKY FIELD. DURING LANDING ROLL, THE LEFT WING STRUCK A TELEPHONE POLE AND TORE THE WING OFF. THE FUSELAGE CAME TO REST AND A POSTCRASH FIRE DESTROYED THE WRECKAGE. THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE WITH THE ON BOARD EXTINGUISHER, WITHOUT SUCCESS.

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..POLE

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