NTSB Identification: LAX84LA213.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24275.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 10, 1984 in LEBEC, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N880LS
Injuries: 2 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.

IN A PRELIMINARY ORAL STATEMENT, THE PLT SAID THAT THEY ENCOUNTERED AN UNFORCASTED OVERCAST & RISING MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. LATER, SHE STATED THEY WERE TRYING TO MAINTAIN VFR FLT IN MOUNTAINS WITH SCATTERED CLOUDS IN THE AREA; THEN WHEN THEY WERE INITIATING A CLIMB TO CLEAR A RIDGE, THE ACFT ENCOUNTERED A DOWNDRAFT. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT SETTLED INTO TREES ON A STEEP RISING SLOPE & CRASHED. BOTH PLTS ESTIMATED THE VISIBILITY WAS ABOUT 1.5 MI. OTHER PARTICIPANTS OBSERVED CLOUDS OBSCURING THE RIDGE CREST & DEVIATED ABOUT 5 MI SOUTH TO LOWER TERRAIN. THE ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS APRX 5000 FT.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT

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