NTSB Identification: LAX89LA053.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38091.
Accident occurred Saturday, November 19, 1988 in SANTA MARIA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 150F, registration: N6883F
Injuries: 2 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.

DURING A PLEASURE FLIGHT, THE AIRPLANE WAS BEING FLOWN ALONG A RIDGELINE WHILE THE PILOT AND PASSENGER WERE LOOKING FOR AN OLD AIRPLANE WRECK. THE PILOT WAS DISTRACTED AND DID NOT NOTICE THE AIRPLANE WAS ENTERING A CANYON AND RISING TERRAIN. WHEN THE PILOTS ATTENTION WAS BROUGHT BACK TO THE FLIGHT, THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH ROOM TO MANEUVER OUT OF THE CANYON NOR WAS THERE ENOUGH AIRSPEED TO CLIMB OVER THE TERRAIN. THE PILOT MAINTAINED A STRAIGHT HEADING AND COLLIDED WITH TREES AND RISING TERRAIN. THERE WERE NO REPORTED MECHANICAL FAILURES OR MALFUNCTIONS WITH THE AIRPLANE.

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

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

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..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

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:

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..BLIND/BOX CANYON


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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