NTSB Identification: DEN82FA198
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, September 16, 1982 in DIVIDE, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/16/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N49816
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 ACFT STALLED & CRASHED ON THE SIDE OF A RIDGE. THE PLT WAS DESCRIBED AS AN AVID OUTDOORSMAN, SPORTSMAN & HUNTER. ACCORDING TO LOCAL RESIDENTS NEAR THE CRASH SITE, THE AREA IS WELL POPULATED WITH LARGE & SMALL GAME. DENSITY ALTITUDE WAS COMPUTED TO BE 6,191 FT. THE PLT HAD FLOWN THE C-152 ONLY ONCE, ON 7/5/80, BEFORE THE ACCIDENT AT WHICH TIME HE LOGGED 0.9 HRS OF DUAL. HOWEVER HE HAD ALSO LOGGED 54.2 HRS IN THE C-150. THE LAST TIME THE PLT HAD FLOWN THE C-150 WAS ON 11/2/80.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH TERRAIN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF RECENT EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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