NTSB Identification: DEN87FA011.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33050.
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 29, 1986 in GALLUP, NM
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N65184
Injuries: 4 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHILE FLYING AT A LOW LEVEL SPOTTING DEER IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO FLY OVER A RIDGELINE WITH TERRAIN THAT ROSE FASTER THAN THE ACFT CLIMB CAPABILITY. AT LOW AIRSPEED AND ALTITUDE HE INITIATED A TURN TO REVERSE COURSE TOWARD LOWER TERRAIN. THE ACFT STALLED, STRUCK TREES AND IMPACTED STEEP ROCKY TERRAIN.

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

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

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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