NTSB Identification: SEA89LA013.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37912.
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 18, 1988 in WENATCHEE, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/28/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 210E, registration: N4961U
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

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 ACFT CRASHED WHILE THE PLT WAS ON A X-COUNTRY FLT AT DAWN. IMPACT OCCURRED ON RISING, ROCKY TERRAIN IN A BOX CANYON AREA AT AN ELEV OF ABOUT 6000 FT. NO GROUND SCARS WERE EVIDENT, BUT THE ACFT IMPACTED ON A ROCKY SLIDE AREA. IT CAME TO REST IN ONE AREA WITH EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS EVIDENT. THE PROP BLADES HAD CHORDWISE NICKS, SCRAPES & DEEP GOUGES. APRX 11 MI SOUTHWEST AT WENATCHEE, WA, THE 0649 WX WAS IN PART: ESTD 9000 FT BROKEN, 25,000 FT OVERCAST, 15 MI VISIBILITY, WIND LIGHT & VARIABLE. THE ELEV OF THE WX FACILITY WAS 1245 FT.

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

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

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DAWN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..BLIND/BOX CANYON

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