NTSB Identification: LAX87LA137.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34009.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 07, 1987 in KAHULUI, HI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/08/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 172C, registration: N6353F
Injuries: 3 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 ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES WHILE MANUEVERING IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. THE PLT HAD PLANNED A LOCAL FLIGHT FROM HONOLULU TO MAUI AND RETURN. ONCE OVER THE ISLAND OF MAUI, THE PLT NOTIFIED THE FSS THAT HE WAS CHANGING HIS ROUTE AND WOULD BE PASSING THROUGH THE ISLAND'S CENTRAL VALLEY FROM N TO S. AFTER TALKING TO THE FSS HE DECIDED TO OVERFLY A 10,000 FT MOUNTAIN TO SHORTEN HIS ROUTE. AS HE APPROACHED THE MOUNTAIN HE REALIZED THE TERRAIN WAS RISING FASTER THAN THE ACFT'S CLIMB. THE PLT TURNED LEFT TO AVOID A COLLISION WITH THE TERRAIN AND THE ACFT LANDING GEAR STRUCK A TREE AT THE 4,500 FT LEVEL. THE ACFT AIRSPEED WAS APRX 55 KTS WHILE IN A 15 TO 20 BANK. THE PLT ELECTED TO LAND IN THE TREES. THE ACFT SYSTEMS WERE EXAMINED AND THE FOLLOWING DEFICIENCIES WERE NOTED; THE NO. 3 LEAD ON THE LEFT HAND MAGNETO WAS CUT, THE CAMSHAFT LOBES WERE EXTREMELY WORN, AND ALL LIFTER FACES EXTREMELY PITTED.

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:

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

ENGINE ASSEMBLY,CAMSHAFT..WORN

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