NTSB Identification: ANC85LA158.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29567.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 04, 1985 in WASILLA, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA C-172M, registration: N20338
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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 PILOT-IN-COMMAND WAS ON A PERSONAL FLIGHT WITH THE PURPOSE OF OBSERVING A HUNTING CAMP FROM THE AIR. WHILE MANEUVERING IN THE CANYON, THE PILOT STATED HE ENCOUNTERED A DOWNDRAFT. HE APPLIED FULL POWER AND LOWERED THE FLAPS 20 DEGREES. THE AIRPLANE CONTINUED TO DESCEND AND THE PILOT ELECTED TO LAND ON THE CANYON FLOOR IN THE BRUSH. THE AIRPLANE ROLLED APPROXIMATELY 150 FOOT ON ITS LANDING GEAR BEFORE NOSING OVER.

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

WIND INFORMATION..NOT ATTAINED..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..INADVERTENT USE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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..DOWNDRAFT

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