NTSB Identification: LAX85FJA04.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28386.
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 13, 1985 in LAUPAHOEHOE, HI
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N89246
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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.

THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH RISING TERRAIN WHILE ON A TRAINING ALT. THE STUDENT PLT WAS SCHEDULED TO PROCEED TO THE PRACTICE AREA NEAR PUNA FOR THIS FIRST EXTENDED SOLO FLT. AT APRX 1200 HST, HE RETURNED TO GENERAL LYMAN FLT, HILO, HA, FOR TOUCH-&-GO LANDING PRACTICE. THE STUDENT PLT STATED THAT HE DEPARTED GENERAL LYMAN FLT AT 1230 HST AND PROCEEDED ALONG THE HAMAKUA COAST. SHORTLY THEREAFTER HE DECIDED TO TAKE A LOW LEVEL LOOK AT A RAVINE LEADING TO A WATERFALL. HE STARTED INTO THE RAVINE AND ATTEMPTED TO CLIMB OUT, BUT WAS UNABLE TO CLIMB SHARPLY ENOUGH TO AVOID THE WATERFALL.

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

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

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

AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE,CLIMB CAPABILITY..EXCEEDED

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

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND

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