NTSB Identification: DEN87FA103.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34002.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 18, 1987 in ELLICOTT, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/08/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 172 M, registration: N64415
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE ACFT WAS EQUIPPED WITH HAND OPERATED RUDDER CONTROLS. THE PLT HAD AN ARTIFICIAL RT LEG. ON A PREVIOUS FLT THAT DAY THE PLT HAD ATTEMPTED TO SPIN THE ACFT BUT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL DUE TO LACK OF RUDDER TRAVEL WITH THE HAND-OPERATED CONTROLS. THE PLT WAS NOT FEELING WELL AFTER THE PREVIOUS FLT, WHEN HE RETURNED TO THE ARPT HE WAS REPORTEDLY 'VERY WHITE'. WITNESSES STATED THAT THE PLT DRANK SOME COFFEE AND THEN DEPARTED. THE ACFT WAS SEEN DOING TOUCH & GO LANDINGS. WITNESSES STATED THAT THE PLT PERFORMED SEVERAL TOUCH & GO LNDGS BEFORE THE ACDT. AFTER THE LAST TKOFF THE ACFT MADE A RT BANK TURN IN EXCESS OF 60 DEGREES AT ABOUT 150 FT AGL AND CRASHED. THE AUTOPSY REPORT REVEALED EVIDENCE OF PRE-EXISTING ATHEROSCLEROSIS AND 50 PERCENT OCCLUSION OF THE ANTERIOR DESCENDING CORONARY ARTERY.

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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