NTSB Identification: DEN88LA209.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37563.
Accident occurred Thursday, September 29, 1988 in QUESTA, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/25/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N8517B
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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 1 PAX WERE TAKING OFF USING 2,500 FT OF A 4,000 X 50 FT DIRT STRIP WITH A D/A OF 9,200 FT. DURING INTIAL CLIMB THE PLT NOTICED A SINK RATE. THE PLT SAID HE VARIED THE ANGLE OF FLAPS FROM 5 TO 25 DEG 'IN SEARCH OF LIFT.' THE RIGHT WING AND RIGHT MAIN GEAR STRUCK A RIDGE 350 FT FROM THE POINT OF LIFTOFF. THE ACFT PIVOTED RIGHT AND CAME TO REST 35 FT FROM THE POINT OF IMPACT. THE FUSELAGE WAS BENT AND BOTH WINGS WERE FLEXED UPWARD. NEW MEXICO STATE POLICE FOUND A QUANTITY (LESS THAN AN OUNCE) OF MARIJUANA IN THE AIRCRAFT. THE PILOT REFUSED TO SUBMIT TO A DRUG TEST.

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

STALL/MUSH..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

LIFT-OFF..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LOWERING OF FLAPS..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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