NTSB Identification: LAX86LA138.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32682.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 09, 1986 in GUINDA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N6740H
Injuries: 2 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 & HIS ROOMMATE WENT FLYING IN A RENTED ACFT. THE PLT MANEUVERED THE ACFT THROUGH A VALLEY, REVERSED COURSE, DESCENDED OVER AN ASSEMBLY OF PERSONS & WHILE BUZZING THEM COLLIDED WITH TREES. THE PLT WAS ABLE TO FLY THE SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED ACFT BACK TO THE DEPARTURE ARPT WITHOUT FURTHER MISHAP. THE PLT SAID THAT DURING HIS FLIGHT A GUSTY WIND CONDITION HAD EXISTED, & HE KNOWINGLY FLEW IN THE VALLEY BELOW THE LEVEL OF THE MOUNTAIN TOPS. THE PLT ALSO SAID THAT THE TURN HE MADE TO REVERSE COURSE WAS 'TOO TIGHT' & THAT HE DID NOT IMMEDIATELY TAKE CORRECTIVE ACTION TO REGAIN ALTITUDE UNTIL AFTER COLLIDING WITH THE TREES. THE PASSENGER STATED THAT IN THE VICINITY OF THE ACCIDENT SITE HE 'LIKELY KNEW SOME OF THE PERSONS ON THE GROUND.'

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

VFR PROCEDURES..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


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JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


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BUZZING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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