NTSB Identification: LAX83LA376.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21876.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 06, 1983 in FLAGSTAFF, AZ
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150, registration: N7699Y
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 PLT REPORTED THAT DURING A PLEASURE FLT, WHEN HE WAS FLYING OVER RISING TERRAIN NORTH OF FLAGSTAFF, AZ, HE REALIZED A NEED FOR MORE ALTITUDE. HE TURNED TOWARD A DOWNHILL DIRECTION, BUT THE ACFT CRASHED INTO THE TREE TOPS WHEN HE WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN AIRSPEED & CLEARANCE. LATER THE AIRCRAFT WAS REPORTED AS MISSING, A SEARCH WAS BEGUN. THE SERIOUSLY INJURED PLT & ACFT WERE FOUND THE NEXT MORNING. THE PLT HAD SCRATCHED PERSONAL NOTES TO HIS FAMILY WHICH INCLUDED A MESSAGE THAT READ 'LOW PLUS SLOW, STALLED & SPIN.' THE ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS APRX 9000 FT.

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:

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/SPIN..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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