NTSB Identification: DEN85LTE06.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28414.
Accident occurred Thursday, August 08, 1985 in MULE CREEK JCT, WY
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N5163E
Injuries: 1 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 PLT WAS SPOTTING CATTLE DURING A CATTLE HERDING OPERATION. HE SAW 2 COWS WITH CALVES IN A COVE OF A CANYON THAT PERSONNEL ON THE GROUND WERE LEAVING BEHIND. THE PLT STATED THAT HE MADE A SHARP TURN & FLEW OVER THE COWS TO SHOW THEIR LOCATION TO RIDERS ON THE GROUND. HE THEN ENTERED A CLIMB & STARTED A TURN TO LEAVE WHEN THE ACFT 'JUST DROPPED.' THE PLT STATED THAT AS HE WAS RECOVERING, 'THE AIRPLANE FLATTENED OUT JUST OFF THE GROUND.' THE LEFT WING THEN DROPPED & CONTACTED THE GROUND & THE ACFT CARTWHEELED INTO A CANYON & CAME TO REST UPSIDE DOWN. THE PLT ESCAPED INJURY, BUT A DOG THAT WAS ABOARD WAS KILLED. ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS ABOUT 4500 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:

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND




Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE

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