NTSB Identification: LAX86LA317.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33668.
Accident occurred Thursday, August 07, 1986 in BIG BEAR, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N95370
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.

THE PLT PLANNED A CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT FROM PALM SPRINGS, CA. TO THE NEARBY MOUNTAIN RESORT COMMUNITY OF BIG BEAR, CA. ENROUTE, THE PLT NAVIGATED THE ACFT OVER AN AREA WHERE THE TERRAIN WAS RISING AT A RATE FASTER THAN HIS ACFT WAS CLIMBING. THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO REVERSE COURSE BUT THERE WAS INSUFFICIENT ROOM, & THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH UPSLOPING TERRAIN. NO MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS OR FAILURES WERE REPORTED WITH THE ACFT.

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

VFR PROCEDURES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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