NTSB Identification: DEN82FA193
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 14, 1982 in VERNAL, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/14/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA R172K, registration: N758JM
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 COLLIDED WITH TREES WHILE LOW FLYING ON A LOCAL FLIGHT. TWO AIRCRAFT PILOTED BY STUDENTS FROM A NEARBY COLLEGE HAD BEEN SEEN FLYING LOW AND CLOSE TO EACH OTHER AROUND THE LOCAL MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. THE STUDENTS WERE ENROLLED IN THE COLLEGE AVIATION PROGRAM. THEY WERE RETURNING TO LAND WHEN ONE AIRCRAFT MADE A STEEP LEFT TURN AND IMPACTED THE MOUNTAIN.

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

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

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

CLEARANCE..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SUBMERGED OBJECT

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