NTSB Identification: DEN85LA163.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27692.
Accident occurred Friday, June 14, 1985 in SUNSPOT, NM
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N47822
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 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.

THE PLT WAS FLYING IN THE VALLEYS OF MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. HE ELECTED TO FLY TO THE LEFT AROUND WHAT APPEARED TO BE A SMALL HILL, BUT WAS ACTUALLY PART OF A RIDGE LINE. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT ENTERED A 'DRAW' & WOULD NOT OUT-CLIMB RISING TERRAIN. THE ACFT BEGAN MUSHING, SO THE PLT LOWERED THE NOSE, SELECTED 10 DEG OF FLAPS & TRIED TO LAND IN A RELATIVELY FLAT AREA. HOWEVER, THE ACFT PITCHED FORWARD & IMPACTED THE GROUND AT A 45 DEG ANGLE WHILE AT A SPEED OF APRX 45 TO 50 KTS. THE ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS ABOUT 8500 FT.

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:

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/MUSH..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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