NTSB Identification: SEA85FA181.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29328.
Accident occurred Monday, July 29, 1985 in KETCHUM, ID
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22, registration: N4445A
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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.

STUDENT PILOT ON CROSS COUNTRY FLT, ROUTE THRU MOUNTAIN PASS AND MOUNTAINS. ATTEMPTED EMERGENCY LANDING ON HIGHWAY. DURING APPROACH AND WHILE TURNING TOWARD SELECTED LANDING SITE, PLT INADVERTANTLY SET FULL NOSE DOWN TRIM WITH HALF FLAPS. AS ACFT COMPLETED TURN AROUND STAND OF TREES HIDDEN HWY SIGN WAS CONTACTED BY ACFT.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED(VMO)..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ELEVATOR TRIM..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER DESCENT RATE..NOT POSSIBLE


Contributing Factors

EXHAUST SYSTEM,END PLATE..SEPARATION


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ANXIETY/APPREHENSION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIDDEN OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

OBJECT

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