NTSB Identification: DEN85LA176.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28491.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 30, 1985 in GALLUP, NM
Aircraft: AMERICAN AA-1, registration: N5984L
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.

DURING A X-COUNTRY FLT FROM LOS ANGELES, CA TO TULSA, OK, THE PLT MADE AN EN ROUTE STOP AT GALLUP, NM. THE FUEL TANKS WERE FULLY SERVICED & THE PLT TOOK OFF WITH A PASSENGER & APRX 50 LBS OF TOOLS & BAGGAGE ON BOARD. THE PLT STATED THAT AFTER TAKEOFF, THE ACFT WOULD NOT CLIMB MORE THAN 75 FT ABOVE THE GROUND. BOTH HE AND THE PASSENGER (HIS 10 YR OLD SON) REPORTED THE ENG SEEMED TO BE OPERATING NORMALLY. ACCORDING TO THE PLT, THE HIGH DENSITY ALT CAUSED A LACK OF CLIMB PERFORMANCE. HE FLEW THE ACFT BETWEEN RIDGE TOPS & LOWERED THE FLAPS IN AN ATTEMPT TO GAIN ALT. HOWEVER, ABOUT 3 MI FROM THE APRT, THE ACFT DESCENDED & HIT THE GROUND. DURING IMPACT, THE PLT'S SEAT BELT FAILED. HE RECEIVED SEVERE FACIAL INJURIES & BROKEN RIBS. THE DENSITY ALT AT GALLUP WAS COMPUTED TO BE 9600 FT.

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

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


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND





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