NTSB Identification: SEA99FA176.
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Accident occurred Friday, May 28, 1999 in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/18/2002
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N714UZ
Injuries: 2 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 accident flight, a dual instructional flight with a certificated flight instructor and student pilot aboard, was to have been a final opportunity for the student pilot to hone his skills prior to taking his private pilot checkride. Followng the accident aircraft's takeoff, air traffic control (ATC) radar tracked a 1200 beacon code from Felts Field to the vicinity of an abandoned backcountry airstrip (known as Horse Haven or Horse Heaven) in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest northeast of Couer d'Alene, Idaho. Witnesses subsequently reported seeing a small aircraft make a low pass over Horse Haven and then depart the area to the north, about the time the 1200 beacon code disappeared from radar. No further sightings of the accident aircraft were made. The aircraft failed to return from the flight and a search was initiated, but the search failed to locate the missing aircraft and search operations were suspended after 11 days. The aircraft remained missing for another two years, when it was discovered by chance by a U.S. Forest Service employee performing routine duties in the area. The crash site was in densely forested, mountainous terrain, in a draw about 2 miles north-northeast of, and about 600 vertical feet above, Horse Haven. An on-site investigation disclosed wreckage and impact signatures indicative of a relatively low-speed, near-vertical descent into trees and terrain. However, no evidence of any pre-impact aircraft or engine problems was found.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The flight crew's failure to maintain adequate airspeed, resulting in a stall and uncontrolled collision with terrain. A factor was mountainous/hilly terrain. Full narrative available
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