NTSB Identification: SEA83LA068.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20381.
Accident occurred Thursday, May 12, 1983 in INCHELIUM, WA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172H, registration: N1498F
Injuries: 2 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 INTENDED LANDING AREA WAS A DIRT ROAD APRX 1500 FT LONG. AFTER MAKING A LOW PASS TO CHECK THE AREA, THE PLT MADE AN APPROACH OVER TREES TO LAND, BUT WAS TOO HIGH, SO HE WENT AROUND. ON THE 3RD PASS, HE APPLIED FULL FLAPS. THE PLT STATED THAT THE ACFT WAS BLOWN OFF THE CENTERLINE OF THE LANDING AREA WHEN IT WAS ABOUT 10 FT FT AGL. HE ELECTED TO GO AROUND WHEN THE PLANE WAS APRX 1/2 TO 2/3 OF THE WAY DOWN THE INTENDED LANDING AREA. REPORTEDLY, THE ACFT WAS UNABLE TO CLEAR 60 FT TREES & THE HIGH TERRAIN AT THE END OF THE ROAD. THE ACFT WAS DAMAGED WHEN IT STRUCK TREES AND THEN THE GROUND. THE PLT STATED THAT HE ACCIDENTLY LEFT THE FLAPS ABOUT 10 TO 15 DEG DOWN. THE ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS ABOUT 2600 FT & THE TEMPERATURE WAS ABOUT 70 DEG.

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

GO-AROUND..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

RAISING OF FLAPS..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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