NTSB Identification: SEA86LA242.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32755.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 06, 1986 in POMEROY, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N15390
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 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 PILOT WAS FLYING OVER UNFAMILIAR TERRAIN AT A LOW ALTITUDE IN ORDER TO SPOT ELK. THE PILOT ENCOUNTERED STEEP RISING TERRAIN WHICH HIS AIRCRAFT WAS UNABLE TO OUT CLIMB. DENSITY ALTITUDE AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT COMPUTES TO BE APPROXIMATELY 7,500 FEET. DURING A FORCED LANDING ON A CLEARING THE AIRCRAFT'S LEFT WING STRUCK A TREE STUMP AND THE AIRCRAFT FLIPPED INVERTED.

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

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

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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