NTSB Identification: DEN84LA134.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24620.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Monday, April 23, 1984 in DULCE, NM
Aircraft: HELIO H-295, registration: N269L
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 PLT WAS CROSSING A MOUNTAIN RIDGE AT 250 FEET WHEN A DOWNDRAFT WAS ENCOUNTERED ON THE DOWNWIND SIDE OF THE RIDGE. THE PLT THEN BANKED AND RETURNED TO THE UPWIND SLOPE BUT STILL WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN ALTITUDE. THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES AND STABILIZER DAMAGE RESULTED. THE PLT CONTINUED TO FLY THE AIRPLANE AND LANDED IN A SMALL CLEARING. THE PLT STATED THAT A COMBINATION OF FATIGUE, FINANCIAL PRESSURE AND MISINTERPRETATION OF THE WINDS LEAD TO THE ACCIDENT.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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