NTSB Identification: DEN83LA103.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21088.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 23, 1983 in LEADVILLE, CO
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N4609J
Injuries: 3 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 COLLIDED WITH SNOW COVERED RISING TERRAIN WHEN FLT WAS ATTEMPTED THROUGH A CANYON PASS. THE PLT SAID HE COULD SEE THAT THE TERRAIN COULD NOT BE CLEARED SO HE WAS TRYING TO TURN AROUND TO FLY OUT. THE ACFT STALLED IN THE TURN AND MUSHED INTO THE SNOW. THE PLT HAD LOWERED 10 DEGREES OF FLAPS AND REPORTED THAT THE STALL WARNING WAS GOING. THE PLT SAID HE SOULD HAVE CIRCLED LONGER OR CARRIED ONE LESS PERSON OR LESS FUEL. THE DENSITY ALT WAS COMPUTED AS 14,012 FT.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

STALL/MUSH..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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