NTSB Identification: DEN82DA025
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, January 29, 1982 in NEAR GILLETE, WY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/29/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N758RD
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

THE PURPOSE OF THE FLIGHT WAS TO MAKE AN AERIAL SURVEY FOR LIVESTOCK. DURING FLIGHT, THE OBSERVER NOTED SOME CATTLE IN A COVE. THE PILOT THEN TURNED AND DESCENDED TO ABOUT 100 FEET AGL. AFTER LEVELING, HE NOTED THAT HE WOULD HAVE TO CLIMB OR TURN TO AVOID RISING TERRAIN. HE STATED THAT HE INSTINCTIVELY BANKED INTO A LEFT TURN. SECONDS LATER, HE COULD NO LONGER FEEL POSITIVE CONTROL OF THE AILERONS AND HE FELT THAT THE NOSE OF THE PLANE WAS BEING TUCKED UNDER. THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK HILLY TERRAIN.

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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