NTSB Identification: LAX82FUQ13
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 18, 1982 in SANTA BARBARA, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/18/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N66631
Injuries: 1 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 AIRCRAFT CRASHED IN A WOODED CANYON AREA BENEATH THE COLD SPRING CANYON ARCH BRIDGE IN LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST. THE PLANE IMPACTED ABOUT 250 YARDS NORTH OF THE BRIDGE WHILE ON A NORTHERLY HEADING. BROKEN TREE TOPS AND BRANCHES WERE FOUND OVER AN AREA OF ABOUT 350 YARDS BEFORE IT CAME TO REST. ALSO, THERE WERE TRANSMISSION LINES LOCATED BELOW THE LEVEL OF THE BRIDGE AND IN THE VICINITY OF THE CRASH SITE. THE ENGINE HAD SEPARATED FROM THE PLANE DURING IMPACT. IT WAS TAKEN FROM THE CRASH SITE BY UNKNOWN PERSONS AND WAS NEVER RECOVERED; THEREFORE, A DISASSEMBLY INSPECTION COULD NOT BE PERFORMED. NO KNOWN WITNESSES OBSERVED THE ACCIDENT.

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

LOW PASS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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