NTSB Identification: DEN84FA194.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26112.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 24, 1984 in CEDAR CITY, UT
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N98220
Injuries: 1 Minor,3 Uninjured.

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 ACFT COLLIDED WITH RISING TERRAIN IN A BOX CANYON. THE PLT SAID HE FOUND HIMSELF TRAPPED WITH THE TERRAIN COMING UP 'TO MEET THE PLANE' AND DECIDED TO TRY AND LAND ON A NEARBY ROAD. THE ACFT STALLED INTO TREES PRIOR TO REACHING THE ROAD. THE PLT ALSO SAID HE WAS UNFAMILIAR WITH THE TERRITORY. A PLT WHO FLYS THIS CANYON OFTEN SAID THAT THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE RIDGE HAS DOWNDRAFTS. THE DENSITY ALT WAS COMPUTED TO BE 7836 FT.

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

AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE,LANDING CAPABILITY..EXCEEDED

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:

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT


Contributing Factors

STALL..INTENTIONAL..PILOT IN COMMAND

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