NTSB Identification: DEN89LA025.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38353.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 30, 1988 in TUCUMCARI, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/24/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150, registration: N4026Z
Injuries: 2 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 WAS FLYING A FRIEND OVER HIS RANCH SEARCHING FOR COWS. THE PLT REPORTED MAKING A 40 DEG LEFT BANKED TURN AT 300 FT AGL AT FULL POWER AND 70 KNOTS. HE SAID THAT THE PLANE WOULD NOT RESPOND TO AILERON CONTROL INPUTS INITIALLY. THE PLT SAID THE PLANE MAY HAVE STALLED. THERE IS NO STALL WARNING DEVICE ON THIS PLANE. THE ACFT LOST ALTITUDE AND THE PLT SAW A 60 FT BLUFF IN THE FLIGHT PATH. THE PLT WAS ABLE TO LEVEL THE ACFT AT 20 FT AGL AND LANDED IN ROCKS AND SHORT TREES STRAIGHT AHEAD. THE ACFT CAME TO REST 100 FT FROM IMPACT.

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

MANEUVER..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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