NTSB Identification: DEN84LA183.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24644.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 16, 1984 in TAOS, NM
Aircraft: Scheibe Flugzeugbau ZUGVOGEL IIIB, registration: N30118
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.

ACCORDING TO THE PLT, THE WINDS INCREASED DURING A FLT IN A MOUNTAINOUS AREA & THE THERMAL UPDRAFTS 'BROKE UP.' WHILE GLIDING BACK TO THE ARPT, HE ENCOUNTERED SINKING AIR & WAS FORCED TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY LANDING ON ROUGH, SAGE BRUSH COVERED, TERRAIN. THIS WAS THE PLT'S FIRST FLT IN A MOUNTAINOUS AREA AT HIGH ELEVATIONS. THE PLT SUBSEQUENTLY TOOK THREE FLTS WITH A LOCAL PLT EXPERIENCED IN MOUNTAINOUS FLYING. HE SUGGESTED THIS TYPE OF TRAINING FOR PLTS WITH NO PREVIOUS MOUNTAINOUS FLYING EXPERIENCE BEFORE FLYING OVER MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. THE ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS ABOUT 7090 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..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OPERATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND

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