NTSB Identification: DEN88LA011.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34312.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 18, 1987 in ASPEN, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/02/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA R172K, registration: N736KT
Injuries: 1 Minor,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 PLT RPRTD THAT THE FLT WAS HEADED NORTHEAST TOWARD MT YECKEL WHEN THE ACFT ENCOUNTERED WIND SHEAR & DOWNDRAFTS & WAS FORCED INTO TREES. RPRTDLY, THE ACFT WAS FLYING OVER RISING TERRAIN IN A CANYON AREA AT AN ELEV OF ABOUT 11,000' WHEN THE ACDNT OCCURRED. THE COMPUTED DENSITY ALT WAS 12,500'. ACCORDING TO THE OPERATOR'S MANUAL, THE PREDICTED RATE OF CLIMB FOR THAT ALT WAS 257' PER MIN.

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING



Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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