NTSB Identification: DEN86LA237.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31544.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 23, 1986 in SANTA FE, NM
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38, registration: N24151
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHILE FLYING THROUGH A MOUNTAIN PASS AT AN ALT OF 1,000 FT AGL, THE PLT ENCOUNTERED DOWNDRAFT WIND CURRENTS. THE ACFT ENTERED AN UNCONTROLLABLE DESCENT AND IMPACTED IN AN ALPINE MEADOW.

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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