NTSB Identification: LAX84FA498.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26149.
Accident occurred Thursday, September 27, 1984 in PRESCOTT, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 172Q, registration: N915ER
Injuries: 3 Minor.

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.

DURING A DESCENT TO THE 5,042 FT ELEVATION ARPT THE ACFT IMPACTED THE TREES AND MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN AT THE 7,000 FT LEVEL. ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, WITH THE HOODED STUDENT PILOT AT THE CONTROLS, THE FLIGHT BEGAN IT'S DESCENT FROM 10,500 FT 30 MILES FROM THE ARPT. DURING THE DESCENT THE LOCAL ALTIMETER SETTING WAS DIALED IN AND THE CFI REALIZED THE ACFT WAS TOO LOW. A CLIMB WAS CALLED FOR AND THE TREES WERE SEEN JUST PRIOR TO IMPACT. THE CFI STATED THAT THEY HAD BEEN WORKING ON VOR INTERCEPTS DURING THE DESCENT.

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

LEVEL OFF..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT



Contributing Factors

SUPERVISION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


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