NTSB Identification: DEN85FA222.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30418.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 17, 1985 in CEDAR CITY, UT
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P II, registration: N54168
Injuries: 4 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.

THE PLT TOOK THREE OF HIS FRIENDS UP FOR A PLEASURE FLT IN THE LOCAL AREA OF CEDAR CITY, UTAH. VMC PREVAILED AT THE TIME. THE PLT CONTINUED TO CLIMB HIS ACFT AS IT PASSED OVER RISING TERRAIN. THE FLT TERMINATED IN A BOX CANYON WITH HIGH TERRAIN ON ALL SIDES. THE ACFT IMPACTED THREES AND WAS DESTROYED IN A POST ACCIDENT FIRE. THERE WERE NO SURVIVORS.

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:

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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