NTSB Identification: DEN89LA021.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37938.
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 26, 1988 in FORT PECK, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/28/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 175, registration: N7403M
Injuries: 1 Serious,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 PLT ENCTRD HVY SNOW AT NIGHT & TURNED BACK TO FIND A NEARBY LANDING STRIP THAT HE WAS FAMILIAR WITH. HE RECOGNIZED A RANCH HOUSE ASSOCIATED WITH THE STRIP, BUT WAS UNABLE TO FIND THE LANDING AREA. HE BEGAN TO CIRCLE IN HOPES THAT SOMEONE WOULD TURN ON THE RWY LIGHTS. DURING A TURN, THE ACFT CRASHED ON RISING TERRAIN WHEN THE RIGHT WING CONTACTED THE GROUND & THE ACFT CARTWHEELED.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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



Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW

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