NTSB Identification: LAX85LA144.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28191.
Accident occurred Sunday, February 17, 1985 in HEALDSBURG, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N739XZ
Injuries: 3 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 ON A LOCAL FLT, THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES IN A CANYON. THE PLT REPORTED THE ACFT'S ALT WAS LOWER THAN ANTICIPATED & THE TERRAIN IN THE CANYON ROSE RAPIDLY. FULL ENG POWER WAS NOT SUFFICIENT TO NEGOTIATE THE RISING TERRAIN. THE PLT REPORTED THE ACFT'S AIRSPEED & ALT WERE INSUFFICIENT TO EXECUTE A 180 DEG TURN. REALIZING HIS SITUATION, HE ELECTED TO 'STALL' THE ACFT INTO THE TREES.

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:

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING




Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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