NTSB Identification: SEA89LA003.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37344.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 02, 1988 in ENUMCLAW, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/06/1989
Aircraft: LET L-13, registration: N9241Z
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 PILOT ALLOWED THE AIRCRAFT TO BECOME TOO CLOSE TO TERRAIN WHILE SOARING. A STEEP TURN TO REVERSE DIRECTION RESULTED IN ENTRY INTO AN ACCELERATED STALL AT LOW ALTITUDE.THE PILOT LOWERED THE NOSE OF THE AIRCRAFT TO RECOVER, HOWEVER, WHILE LOWERING THE NOSE OF THE AIRCRAFT TREE TOPS WERE STRUCK IN FLIGHT. ALTHOUGH THE LEFT AILERON, HORIZONTAL STABILIZER AND ELEVATOR WERE DAMAGED, THE PILOT WAS ABLE TO RETURN TO THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT AND LAND.

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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