NTSB Identification: DEN89LA057.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38336.
Accident occurred Thursday, January 05, 1989 in QUEMADO, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/22/1991
Aircraft: BUMGARTNER/HIRT STEEN SKYBOLT, registration: N312BH
Injuries: 1 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 ON A X-COUNTRY FLIGHT IN HIS HOMEBUILT ACFT. HE REPORTED THAT HE DIVERTED SOUTH OF HIS INTENDED ROUTE TO AVOID WEATHER. HE SAID HE NOTICED THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS ALONG HIS ROUTE WERE HAZY AND OBSCURED, SO HE ELECTED TO LAND NEAR QUEMADO, NEW MEXICO, ON A DIRT STRIP. THE PLT SAID THAT DURING THE LANDING, THE MAIN GEAR ENTERED SOFT DIRT AND HE LOST DIRECTIONAL CONTROL. THE ACFT THEN NOSED OVER AND CAME TO REST INVERTED. THE PILOT'S LAST FAA MED EXAM IN ABOUT JULY 1986.

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

FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO SELECT A SUITABLE LANDING STRIP/AREA. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: HIGH TERRAIN AND LOW CEILING ALONG THE ROUTE OF FLIGHT, HAZE, AND THE SOFT CONDITION OF THE SELECTED LANDING STRIP.

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