NTSB Identification: LAX84LA364.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25276.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 24, 1984 in LEE VINING, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172RG, registration: N5269V
Injuries: 2 Serious,1 Minor.

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 REPORTED THAT AFTER ENTERING TIOGA PASS, HE MADE A LEFT TURN TO FOLLOW THE CENTER OF THE PASS & THE ACFT BEGAN TO SINK. HE APPLIED FULL POWER & WENT TO THE BEST ANGLE OF CLIMB SPEED, BUT WAS UNABLE TO STOP THE SINK. THE ACFT THEN HIT AN ELECTRICAL TRANSMISSION TOWER, CRASHED & BEGAN BURNING. THE 2 PASSENGERS RECEIVED SERIOUS BURNS. THE PLT & A PERSON ON THE GROUND RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES. THE ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS 9538 FT. THE DENSITY ALT WAS APRX 13,000 FT. GROUND WITNESSES SAID THE ACFT WAS FLYING EXCESSIVELY LOW PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT.

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

OBJECT..ELECTRICAL TOWER


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..MOUNTAIN WAVE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT

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