NTSB Identification: DEN83LA061.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20873.
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 15, 1983 in DOVE CREEK, CO
Aircraft: CESSNA 172K, registration: N84631
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.

THE ACFT CRASHED DURING A LOW PASS OVER THE SNOW COVERED RUNWAY. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE MADE TWO LOW PASSES OVER THE RWY DURING THE 2ND PASS 'THE ACFT WAS IN GROUND, EFFECT WITH MILD UP AND DOWN DRAFTS USING MINIMAL POWER SETTING.' THE LEFT WING WAS DOWN DUE TO LEFT CROSSWIND. THE PILOT WAS FLYING FROM THE RT. SEAT AND 1ST LOOKED OUT THE RT WINDOW. 'WE WERE 3 TO 4 FT ABOVE THE SNOW AT ABOUT 65-70 MPH. I LOOKED TO THE FRONT THEN TO MY LEFT. THE ACFT WENT INTO AN ABRUPT NOSE LOW ATTITUDE. THE RT WING HIT THEN CARTWHEELED TO THE LEFT.' IN A WRITTEN REPORT THE PILOT WROTE, 'WHEN I MADE THE 2ND PASS I SHOULD HAVE BEEN SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER WITH 5 TO 10 KTS MORE AIRSPEED.'

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..BELOW..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

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED

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