NTSB Identification: LAX84LA004.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21380.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Thursday, October 06, 1983 in VIRGINIA CITY, NV
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N65966
Injuries: 1 Minor,2 Uninjured.

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 ACFT COLLIDED WITH RISING TERRAIN WHILE ON A PHOTOGRAPHIC FLT FOR NAT'L GEOGRAPHIC OF MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN AROUND VIRGINIA CITY. A WITNESS SAID THE ACFT FLEW TOO LOW AND SLOW AND HIT THE UP-SLOPE TERRAIN WITH THE LEFT LANDING GEAR WHILE CIRCLING. THE ACFT NOSED OVER AND ENDED UP INVERTED. THE PILOT STATED ON THE FORM 6120.1 THAT SHE EXPERIENCED A POWER INTERRUPTION. HOWEVER, THE PILOT TOLD HER EMPLOYER THAT SHE WAS LOW AND SLOW ON THIS FLT AND THE EMPLOYER RELAYED THE INFORMATION TO THE INVESTIGATOR.

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

AIRSPEED..BELOW..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER CLIMB RATE..NOT POSSIBLE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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