NTSB Identification: DEN86LA186.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30957.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 09, 1986 in SALIDA, CO
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8A, registration: N1272K
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.

ACCORDING TO THE PLT, UPON ENTERING THE MOUNTAIN PASS, THE ACFT HE WAS PILOTING ENCOUNTERED DOWNDRAFTS FROM WHICH HE WAS UNABLE TO RECOVER. THE PLT STATED HE BLED OFF AIRSPEED UNTIL CONTACT WITH THE TREES. A LOCAL FLT INSTRUCTOR WHO WITNESSED THE ACCIDENT WHILE FLYING OVERHEAD, STATED HE HAD GIVEN THE PLT OF THE MISHAP ACFT, VIA RADIO COMMUNICATIONS, ALT'S NEEDED TO CLEAR THE PASS & ALSO 'HIS LAST TURN AROUND POINT.'

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

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN AIRCRAFT'S ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND

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