NTSB Identification: SEA82DA106
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 10, 1982 in CARLTON, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/10/1983
Aircraft: BEECH A23-19, registration: N6907Q
Injuries: 3 Minor.

THE PURPOSE OF THE FLIGHT WAS FOR MINERAL EXPLORATION. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THE SUN WAS LOW ON THE HORIZON WHICH RESULTED IN LONG SHADOWS BEING CAST BY THE TERRAIN. IN THE VICINITY OF HOODOO PEAK, THE PILOT DETERMINED THAT HE HAD ALLOWED THE AIRCRAFT TO ENTER A BOX CANYON. THERE WAS INSUFFICIENT HORIZONTAL SPACE TO TURN AROUND. THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO CONTINUE CLIMBING OVER RISING TERRAIN, AND SUBSEQUENTLY, HE LANDED ON RISING, WOODED TERRAIN. THE AIRCRAFT DECELERATED UPON INITIAL IMPACT WITH THE TREES, THEN SETTLED TO THE GROUND ON ITS LEFT SIDE. THE ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS ABOUT 5500 FT.

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

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


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK


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TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


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TERRAIN CONDITION


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VISUAL/AURAL DETECTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


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WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


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TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING




Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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