NTSB Identification: DEN84LA034.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23328.
Accident occurred Thursday, December 01, 1983 in HELENA, MT
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N4818D
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 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 PROPELLER STRUCK A PASSENGER WHO WAS ATTEMPING TO SWEEP SNOW OFF THE ACFT. THE PLT'S AND PASSENGER'S VERSION OF MISHAP VARY. THE PLT STATED HE INSTRUCTED THE PASSENGER TO STAY AWAY FROM THE ACFT. THE PASSENGER STATED THE PLT TOLDHIM TO SWEEP THE SNOW OFF THE ACFT AND THAT THE NEXT THING HE REMEMBERS 'IS HOLDING MY ARM AFTER IT HAD BEEN HIT.'

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

PASSENGER BRIEFING..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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