NTSB Identification: DEN88LA187.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37349.
Accident occurred Friday, August 19, 1988 in LEADVILLE, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/02/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N93538
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 LOST DURING A SOLO CROSS COUNTRY INSTRUCTIONAL FLIGHT. AFTER LANDING AND REFUELING AT LEADVILLE, COLORADO, HE ATTEMPTED TO FLY THROUGH A MOUNTAIN PASS TOWARDS HIS DESTINATION. HE CLIMBED THE ACFT TO 12,000 AND TRIED TO CONTINUE THE CLIMB. THE ENGINE BEGAN TO RUN ROUGH AND THE PLT ELECTED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING BESIDE A DIRT ROAD. THE PLT SAID HE STALLED THE ACFT ABOUT 5 FT AGL TO REDUCE THE SPEED. THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN IN HIGH VEGETATION AND NOSED OVER. THE FUSELAGE WAS BROKEN AFT OF THE CABIN. A POST ACCIDENT INSPECTION OF THE ENGINE BY AN NTSB INVESTIGATOR FAILED TO REVEAL ANY EVIDENCE OF PRE-ACCIDENT FAILURE OR DEFICIENCY. THE ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS 11,000 FT MSL.

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

AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE,CLIMB CAPABILITY..EXCEEDED

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

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

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

STALL..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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