NTSB Identification: ANC83FA152.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23358.
Accident occurred Thursday, August 25, 1983 in FAREWELL, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA A-185F, registration: N1725R
Injuries: 3 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.

THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN IN A NARROW CANYON, THE ACFT WAS HEADING IN A GENERAL DIRECTION TO LEAVE THE CANYON. THE PROPELLER DAMAGE INDICATES THE ENGINE WAS AT HIGH POWER AT IMPACT. THE PLT HAD GIVEN A PIREP TO FAREWELLFSS WHEN HE WAS 40 MILES EAST OF FAREWELL FOR PTARMIGAN PASS CEILING 500 FT AND MARGINAL VFR. THE ELEVATION WAS 2500 FT.THIS WOULD PLACE THE CEILING AT 3000 FT MSL. THIS WOULD BE 100 FT LOWER THAN THE ACCIDENT SITE AND 700 FT LOWER THAN THERIDGE ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE CANYON WHERE THE CRASH OCCURRED.

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:

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS

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