NTSB Identification: DEN85LA049.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26214.
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 25, 1984 in CODY, WY
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N1212A
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 STUDENT PLT HAD THE ACFT OWNER'S (EMPLOYER) PERMISSION TO USE THE ACFT FOR SOLO PRACTICE TOWARD OBTAINING HIS PRIVATE PLT CERTIFICATE. PLT WAS RANCH EMPLOYEE AND KNEW ONE RANCH MANAGER WOULD BE LOOKING FOR SHEEP, PLT DIVERTED FROM INSTRUCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION TO PRACTICE TAKE-OFFS AND LANDINGS & FLEW TO AREA OF SEARCH. USING ACFT'S ON BOARD LOUDSPEAKER. PLT FLEW OVER MANAGER'S VEHICLE BROADCASTING ANNOUNCEMENT. ABOUT 1/2 HOUR LATER, ACFT AGAIN FLEW OVER VEHICLE, PLT MADE UNINTELLIGIBLE BROADCAST AND DISAPPEARED FROM VIEW. MANAGER HEARD IMPACT SOUNDS. ACFT HAD COLLIDED WITH RIDGE. PLT RECALLED BEING IN A TURN AT IMPACT.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LOW PASS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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