NTSB Identification: LAX83FA388.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21801.
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 16, 1983 in KERNVILLE, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA P206B, registration: N4738F
Injuries: 2 Fatal,1 Serious.

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 WAS CONDUCTING AN AERIAL SEARCH IN A BOX CANYON. ACCORDING TO THE SURVIVING PAX THEY RAN OUT OF ROOM TO TURN THE ACFT AROUND IN THE CANYON. THE ACFT CRASHED AT THE 3,850 FT LEVEL. SURROUNDING MOUNTAIN PEAKS ARE 9,470 FT MSL.

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..RISING

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