NTSB Identification: BFO88FA002.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37168.
Accident occurred Friday, October 09, 1987 in LOWMOOR, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/26/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N3075E
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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 INVOLVED IN POWERLINE PATROL OVER MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN AT LOW ALTITUDE. THE PLT MADE A CLIMBING RIGHT TURN TO AVOID A RIDGE AND WENT INTO A VALLEY WHERE HE WAS BOXED IN BY TWO RIDGES. HE UNSUCCESSFULLY TRIED TO OUTCLIMB ONE OF THE RIDGES BEFORE HE COLLIDED WITH IT.

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

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

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

AIRSPEED..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LOW PASS..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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