NTSB Identification: SEA83FA187.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21669.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 28, 1983 in NEAR ELK RIVER, ID
Aircraft: CESSNA 182C, registration: N8807T
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 TREES AND CRASHED INTO HEAVILY WOODED AREA AT ABOUT 4000 FT MSL. THE PURPOSE OF FLIGHT WAS TO LOOK FOR GAME OR AREAS FOR HUNTING IN A PRE-HUNTING GAME SPOTTING TRIP. THE ACFT FIRST IMPACTED A LARGE 200 FT TREE ABOUT 85 FT BELOW ITS TOP. THE ACFT PROPELLER CUT ABOUT HALF WAY THROUGH THE TREE AT ABOUT 120 FT AGL. THE ACFT CRASHED ON THE WEST SIDE OF A DRAW ON A NORTHWEST HEADING TOWARD RISING TERRAIN.

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


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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