NTSB Identification: LAX85FXQ01.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30689.
Accident occurred Friday, April 05, 1985 in TAHOE PARADISE, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N80530
Injuries: 1 Serious,3 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 CONTACTED TREES AND THE TERRAIN DURING AN ATTEMPTED CLIMB IN A NARROW CANYON. THE PLT STATED HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO CLIMB IN ORDER TO CLEAR RISING TERRAIN IN THE CANYON WHEN A DOWNDRAFT WAS ENCOUNTERED. HE STATED, HE CLEARED THE TOP OF THE RIDGE AT 9000 FT WHEN THE DOWNDRAFT WAS EXPERIENCED AND THE LEFT WING CONTACTED TREES. LEVEL FLT COULD NOT BE MAINTAINED AND THE ACFT SETTLED INTO THE TREES.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT

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