NTSB Identification: DEN87LA055.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33111.
Accident occurred Monday, February 16, 1987 in CARRIZOZO, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 172H, registration: N1741F
Injuries: 1 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.

THE ACFT ENTERED CLOUDS OVER MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. THE PLT'S NEXT VISUAL CONTACT WAS A MOUNTAIN IN HIS FLT PATH. DURING MANEUVERING TO AVOID A CRASH THE ACFT STRUCK ROUGH TERRAIN AND NOSED OVER.

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SERVICE..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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