NTSB Identification: LAX83FA267.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22779.
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 07, 1983 in MESA, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N89894
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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.

PRIOR TO THE FLT, THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE WAS 'GOING TO DO SOME AIRWORK.' ABOUT 1.2 HRS AFTER TAKEOFF, WITNESSES SAW THE ACFT FLYING EASTBOUND AT AN ESTIMATED ALTITUDE OF BETWEEN 2000 & 3500 FT AGL. A WITNESS WITH ABOUT 40 HRS OF AERONAUTICAL EXPERIENCE OBSERVED THE ACFT NOSE UP LIKE THE PLT WAS 'PRACTICING TAKEOFF TYPE STALLS.' ALL 4 WITNESSES NOTED THAT THE ACFT WENT INTO AN EXTREME NOSE UP ATTITUDE, THEN PITCHED OVER INTO A STEEP DESCENT. AS THE ACFT WAS DESCENDING, IT REPORTEDLY WAS PITCHING UP & DOWN & THE WINGS WERE ROCKING, THEN THE LEFT WING DROPPED & THE PLANE DISAPPEARED FROM THE WITNESSES VIEW. SHORTLY AFTER THAT, THE ACFT IMPACTED ON AN ELEVATED MESA AREA. THE WRECKAGE WAS SCATTERED ABOUT 438 FT BEYOND THE INITIAL IMPACT POINT. AN EXAM OF THE WRECKAGE WAS MADE, BUT NO PREIMPACT, PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND.

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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