NTSB Identification: LAX82FXQ09
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 31, 1982 in TRUCKEE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/31/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N5056D
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 PILOT HAD RETURNED TO THE AIRPORT AFTER A GLIDER TOWING OPERATION OF ABOUT 10 MINUTES. RUNWAY 19 WAS IN USE. REPORTEDLY, THE TERRAIN TO THE NORTH OF RUNWAY 19 WAS ABOUT 100 FT LOWER THAN THE AIRPORT ELEVATION. A WITNESS REPORTED THAT HE HEARD THE SOUND OF FULL POWER APPLICATION AND THEN OBSERVED THE AIRCRAFT IN A STEEP CLIMB COMING BACK UP TO THE RUNWAY. THE AIRCRAFT WAS THEN OBSERVED TO TURN LEFT AND CRASH INTO TREES ON A STEEP SLOPE. THE MAGNETIC DIRECTION OF IMPACT WAS ABOUT 120 DEGREES. REPORTEDLY, THE PILOT HAD BEEN COUNSELED AFTER HIS PREVIOUS FLIGHT THAT HIS LANDING APPROACH WAS TOO LOW. THE DENSITY ALTITUDE WAS ABOUT 7100 FT.

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

GO-AROUND..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY

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