NTSB Identification: LAX87LA189.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37440.
Accident occurred Friday, April 24, 1987 in LIHUE, HI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/26/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N739RV
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

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 PILOT FILLED THE AIRCRAFT'S FUEL TANKS, LOADED THREE AIR TOUR PASSENGERS AND PROCEEDED UP A CANYON THAT CLIMBED UP TO AN ELEVATION OF ABOUT 3000 FEET MSL ON A SIGHTSEEING FLIGHT. A GROUND TOUR BUS DRIVER OBSERVED SMOKE EMANATING FROM THE CANYON AND REPORTED HIS FINDINGS TO THE PARK RANGERS. RESCUE PERSONNEL FOUND THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED IN THE STEEP WALLS OF THE CANYON.

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

LOW PASS..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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



Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT WEIGHT AND BALANCE..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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